The Body Multiple: Ontology In Medical Practice
  • The Body Multiple: Ontology In Medical Practice
  • The Body Multiple: Ontology In Medical Practice
ISBN: 0822329174
EAN13: 9780822329176
Language: English
Release Date: Jan 17, 2003
Pages: 216
Dimensions: 0.6" H x 9.1" L x 6.1" W
Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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The Body Multiple is an extraordinary ethnography of an ordinary disease. Drawing on fieldwork in a Dutch university hospital, Annemarie Mol looks at the day-to-day diagnosis and treatment of atherosclerosis. A patient information leaflet might describe atherosclerosis as the gradual obstruction of the arteries, but in hospital practice this one medical condition appears to be many other things. From one moment, place, apparatus, specialty, or treatment, to the next, a slightly different atherosclerosis is being discussed, measured, observed, or stripped away. This multiplicity does not imply fragmentation; instead, the disease is made to cohere through a range of tactics including transporting forms and files, making images, holding case conferences, and conducting doctor-patient conversations.

The Body Multiple juxtaposes two distinct texts. Alongside Mol's analysis of her ethnographic material--interviews with doctors and patients and observations of medical examinations, consultations, and operations--runs a parallel text in which she reflects on the relevant literature. Mol draws on medical anthropology, sociology, feminist theory, philosophy, and science and technology studies to reframe such issues as the disease-illness distinction, subject-object relations, boundaries, Read More chevron_right

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This was read to me by a grad school teacher. I am not in the medical field, but I found her theories and approach fascinating. The ideas she brought to light for me are now scribbled on the margins of my copy. It's a unique approach to research. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in the intersection of theory and ethnography.
While still being a fairly easy- to- read text, the complexity of the traditional subject object distinction that this book creates is impressive. It's unconventional structure helped me.
The author seems to enjoy toying with the reader in a way that is slightly annoying after a while, but he has some interesting ideas in this book. The thesis around ontological multiplicity is suggestive, but not sufficiently developed or linked to ideas or scholars to which it is indebted. I was disappointed.
It's a good book to read to understand how the West observes illness and the social construction around it.
   Makes Ontological evaluation mandatory
The book was very good. Making the point that reality is multiple and objects are enacted in some specific forms, makes the others equally possible to withdraw to the background is brilliantly enacted by the authors.
   but I hated reading this book
I didn't like reading the book. If it wasn't a requirement for the class, I wouldn't have bought it. This is a hard book to read if you don't know much about philosophy or medical terminology. The footnotes helped a bit, but not much. The author did not have a clear stance and kept going from one side to the other. You could just read the first and last chapters and figure out the fluff in the middle. For a philosopher or medical professional, this book is a great read.
   Don't buy the kindle book.
One star review for the kindle format, not for the book itself. If you' re not interested in the experimental structure of the book, don't buy it. Each page has a top section with text and a bottom section with a subtext that you can read in any order. This structure doesn't get transferred to the kindle version. This is important to consider the book's methodology. Buy a physical copy of it.