By Annemarie Mol
The physique Multiple juxtaposes detailed texts. along Mol’s research of her ethnographic material—interviews with medical professionals and sufferers and observations of clinical examinations, consultations, and operations—runs a parallel textual content within which she displays at the proper literature. Mol attracts on clinical anthropology, sociology, feminist idea, philosophy, and technological know-how and know-how reviews to reframe such matters because the disease-illness contrast, subject-object kin, barriers, distinction, situatedness, and ontology. In discussion with each other, Mol’s texts meditate at the multiplicity of reality-in-practice.
Presenting philosophical reflections at the physique and scientific perform via shiny storytelling, The physique Multiple may be very important to these in scientific anthropology, philosophy, and the social examine of technology, know-how, and medicine.
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They teach, are taught. They tilt tables and work on the inner sides of legs. They do lots of things to the patient's body. Perspectivalism puts doctors and patients on a par, with a great divide between them, because they cast their views from different angles. The traffic established at the University of California the biological "sex" of her/his body. And at Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center for it wasn't only intersexuals, transsexuals, the study of intersexuals and transsexuals. and their therapists who talked in this way.
Thus, an ethnographer/praxiographer out to investigate diseases never isolates these from the practices in which they are, what one may call, enacted. She stubbornly takes notice of the techniques that make things visible, audible, tangible, knowable. She may talk bodies—but she never forgets about microscopes. This turns the distance from the outpatient clinic (which, in hospital Z, is located on the first floor of wing F) to the department of pathology (on the fourth floor of wing D) into one that is very long indeed.
If one doesn't stay within the confinements of the body, but follows the various practices in which atherosclerosis is enacted throughout the hospital, the topography of the relation between pathology and clinic appears to be completely different. In hospital practice, thickened vessel walls do not underlay legs that hurt. They come, instead, after them. And, moreover, they only do so for a small proportion of patients. In practice, thickened vessel walls are only revealed in those patients whose legs have been amputated or in those who have been operated on and from whose bodies small parts are sent up to floor 4 wing D to be put under the microscope.
The Body Multiple: Ontology in Medical Practice by Annemarie Mol