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The malleable body

Surgeons, artisans, and amputees in early modern Germany

By Heidi Hausse

The malleable body
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  • ISBN: 9781526160652
  • Publish Date: Apr 2023
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    This book uses amputation and prostheses to tell a new story about medicine and embodied knowledge-making in early modern Europe. It draws on the writings of craft surgeons and learned physicians to follow the heated debates that arose from changing practices of removing limbs, uncovering tense moments in which decisions to operate were made. Importantly, it teases out surgeons' ideas about the body embedded in their technical instructions. This unique study also explores the material culture of mechanical hands that amputees commissioned locksmiths, clockmakers, and other artisans to create, revealing their roles in developing a new prosthetic technology. Over two centuries of surgical and artisanal interventions emerged a growing perception, fundamental to biomedicine today, that humans could alter the body - that it was malleable.

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    'Overall, Hausse has offered a thoughtful and stimulating contribution that will shape the history of early modern surgery for years to come and appeal to readers interested in social histories of medicine as well as histories of disability, material culture, and craft and artisanship.'
    Social History of Medicine

    Contents

    Introduction
    1 Writing the craft of surgery
    2 Communities face the cold fire
    3 Visions of the body
    4 After the operation
    5 Mechanical hands
    6 Prosthetic technology on the move
    Epilogue
    Index

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    Heidi Hausse is Assistant Professor of History at Auburn University

    The malleable body

    By Heidi Hausse

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