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Devices and Designs: Medical Technologies in Historical by Carsten Timmermann, Julie Anderson

By Carsten Timmermann, Julie Anderson

During this quantity, major students within the background and sociology of drugs concentration their consciousness at the fabric cultures of health and wellbeing care. They study how expertise has develop into so valuable to medication over the past centuries and the way we're dealing with the implications.

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There is no reason to suppose that large narratives are inherently more dogmatic and artificial, or less pluralistic and debatable, than any other level of historical analysis or narrative. Case-histories do not come without selection and interpretation – by analysts as well as actors. Nor are macro-histories without meaning for most of the actors: events are open to interpretation on many scales at once, and reflective men and women will have some understanding of the larger historical 17 18 Devices and Designs processes which mould their lives and localities.

By all means, think of alternative narratives and analyses. My aim here is not summary as closure, but long analysis as a way of raising contrasts and questions. I hope I have shown that long histories, and John V. Pickstone 35 comparisons across time as well as space, may be of interest both for historians and wider publics. They may serve as a way of enhancing case-studies, existent or prospective, and thus encourage virtuous circles between narratives of different scopes and degrees of generalization.

We have seen that Charnley’s prostheses were made by the Leeds company, Charles Thackray and Sons, which manufactured his special instruments; some of his rivals worked with orthopaedic companies. The key point here is that from the 1970s, artificial hips in the USA rapidly became an exciting commercial proposition for research and development teams, some of which were independent companies and 32 Devices and Designs some of which were components of big ‘orthopaedic’ companies such as Zimmer (of the frame) and Stryker (of the surgical bed).

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