In Picturing Personhood, the anthropologist Joseph Dumit positions himself as a relativist who questions “the constellation of codes of ‘objectivity,’ ‘normality,’. These are questions posed and answered by Joseph Dumit in his book Picturing Personhood: Brain Scans and Biomedical Identity (). Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scans are currently used by the popular press and the entertainment industry to provoke great excitement.

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Other cases documented in the nologies have also expanded the domain pictyring examine the medicalization of mas- of medical repair among men and created culinity as it relates to semen and forensics, a need to become more sophisticated in race e. The authors argue that boys ing and sexuality. According to psychiatric re- images have acquired in the U. You attach a radioactive isotope to it and inject it into your body, and what you image is where the tagged molecule or drug goes.

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And you have a camera and can sit there now and watch that molecule, watch it go through the blood supply, go into the brain, go into the tissue of the brain, and actually go through the biochemical process. By respecting both the critical significance of the scientific, technical, and medical expertise and the the implication of public cultural categories in spheres outside of these defined areas of expertise, this book strives to make clear some of the stakes shared–or at least contested–by all participants in PET.

Brain images are produced for a variety of reasons, often contradictory. Perhaps each slice has been chosen to emphasize the part of the brain implicated in the condition. You can use it to find out where in the body and with what amounts the molecule is.

Properly representing results of these experiments is another balancing act. Using cultural anthropology, in addition to examining how brain images are painstakingly put together, we will also study how they travel from one setting e. You say, “Well, I want to look at one portion of this. You image the radioactivity through time; you capture it with a ring of detectors. It is a device that is like a CT [computed tomography] scanner but isn’t.


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These communities are dispersed in space, and although each participant is not necessarily connected directly to every other one, they all interact udmit with each other via technologies of communication Stone Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

Medicalized Masculinities is an edited vol- Although Dumit is careful to make clear ume originating from a oicturing session at that this work is preliminary, I found it puz- the American Sociological Associa- zling that he did not attempt to situate dis- tion Annual Meeting. This is really what PET does. However, we would personhkod whether, if we took the same slice in each “kind” of brain, the PET images would look so different.

Defining and treating mental illness has a long and troubled history of conflicts, accusations, and accountabilities between biologists, psychotherapists, neurologists, psychiatrists, criminologists, mothers, fathers, families, genes, drugs, communities, and patients. Adaptive scenarios for the evolution thermore, the author includes a critical dis- of menopause such as the personhooc cussion of the problems of determining age grandmother hypothesis are presented at menopause and provides an overview of according to this hypothesis, postrepro- methods for computing the average age at ductive hominid grandmothers increased menopause.

A good ex- hotly contested issue, yet only two con- ample is the relative value of investigating tributors directly address it. Medical anthro- the regional focus of the work i. The potential payoffs from this technique are enormous. Accordingly, there is now more of demedicalization too. It reveals to us something that we know is going on inside your body, but that we can’t get to.


So that is really the objective. Skip to main content. A PET research project also needs the expertise of physicists, nuclear chemists, mathematicians, computer scientists, pharmacologists, neurologists. Rhetorician Kenneth Burke defined identification as the “ways in which we spontaneously, intuitively, even unconsciously persuade ourselves” Burkep. Scientists take great pains to qualify the meaning of their images e.

In addition, PET’s controversial use in courtrooms, contested clinical status, and diverse potential in mental-illness communities made it a very fluid object of study. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.

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If prrsonhood would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’. Intrascientific communication, in other words, is not a closed world at all but a participant in contests over human nature, rationality, and cause and effect with the rest of society.

Prince- sons, minds, and selves. If so, does it matter how many individuals were used, or if they were all right-handed, or all pitcuring, or all of college age?

Google contents of this website: We do not have to suspect the accuracy of the underlying experiments to recognize that the visual appearance of “graphically” different brain-type images is produced, in part, by a choice to visualize the data as very different in color.

As the editors ory or data to make effective cases. These colorful images with captions describe brains that are certifiably smart or depressed or obsessed.

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