By Lorraine Daston
Addressing such questions, Biographies of medical Objects is ready how complete domain names of phenomena—dreams, atoms, monsters, tradition, society, mortality, facilities of gravity, price, cytoplasmic debris, the self, tuberculosis—come into being and infrequently move away as items of medical research. With examples drawn from either the normal and social sciences, and varying from the 16th to the 20 th centuries, this publication explores the ways that medical items are either genuine and historic. no matter if chanced on or invented, those gadgets of inquiry develop and deepen in meaning—growing extra "real"—as they develop into entangled in webs of cultural importance, fabric practices, and theoretical derivations. therefore their biographies will subject to an individual occupied with the formation of medical knowledge.
Contributors are Jed Z. Buchwald, Lorraine Daston, Rivka Feldhay, Jan Goldstein, Gerard Jorland, Doris Kauffman, Bruno Latour, Theodore M. Porter, Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, Marshall Sahlins, and Peter Wagner.