Phantom Limb: Amputation, Embodiment, and Prosthetic by Cassandra S. Crawford PDF

By Cassandra S. Crawford

Phantom limb discomfort is likely one of the such a lot intractable and cruel pains ever known—a ache that haunts appendages that don't bodily exist, usually persisting with uncanny realness lengthy after fleshy limbs were traumatically, surgically, or congenitally misplaced. The very lifestyles and “naturalness” of this discomfort has been instrumental in sleek science’s skill to create prosthetic applied sciences that many believe have transformative, self-actualizing, or even transcendent power. In Phantom Limb, Cassandra S. Crawford significantly examines phantom limb soreness and its courting to prosthetic innovation, tracing the most important shifts in wisdom of the reasons and features of the phenomenon.
 
Crawford exposes how the meanings of phantom limb soreness were stimulated via advancements in prosthetic technological know-how and ideas in regards to the notable strength of those applied sciences to disencumber and essentially regulate the human physique, brain, and spirit. via in depth statement at a prosthetic hospital, interviews with key researchers and clinicians, and an research of old and modern mental and clinical literature, she examines the modernization of amputation and exposes how scientific knowing approximately phantom limbs has replaced from the late-19th to the early-21st century. Crawford interrogates the impression of advances in expertise, medication, psychology and neuroscience, in addition to adjustments within the which means of limb loss, well known representations of amputees, and corporeal ideology. Phantom Limb questions our so much deeply held principles of what's basic, ordinary, or even ethical in regards to the actual human body.  

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Phantom limb ache is without doubt one of the so much intractable and cruel pains ever known—a ache that haunts appendages that don't bodily exist, usually persisting with uncanny realness lengthy after fleshy limbs were traumatically, surgically, or congenitally misplaced. The very life and “naturalness” of this soreness has been instrumental in sleek science’s skill to create prosthetic applied sciences that many believe have transformative, self-actualizing, or even transcendent strength.

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