Flexible Bodies

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  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 1995-10-30
  • Publisher: Beacon Press

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Emily Martin traces Americans' changing ideas about health and immunity since the 1940s. She explores the implications of our emphasis on 'flexibility' in contexts from medicine to the corporate world, warning that we may be approaching a new form of social Darwinism.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Problems and Methodsp. 1
Historical Overviewp. 21
Visions of the Immune Systemp. 45
The Body at War: Media Views of the Immune Systemp. 49
Immunology on the Street: How Nonscientists See the Immune Systemp. 64
"Fix My Head": How Alternative Practitioners See the Immune Systemp. 82
Immunophilosophy: How Scientists See the Immune Systemp. 91
Configurations of Healthy Bodiesp. 113
Complex Systemsp. 115
System Breakdown: "Dying from Within"p. 127
Flexible Systemsp. 143
Practicumsp. 161
Interpreting Electron Micrographsp. 167
Saturationp. 183
Educating and Training the Body: Vaccines and Testsp. 193
Educating and Training at Workp. 207
Post-Darwinismp. 227
Appendix 1 The Neighborhoodsp. 251
Appendix 2 The People We Interviewedp. 255
Appendix 3 Questions for Neighborhood Interviewsp. 263
Notesp. 267
Referencesp. 285
Indexp. 311
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