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QuantifiedBiosensing Technologies in Everyday Life$
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Dawn Nafus

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034173

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034173.001.0001

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Deep Data: Notes on the n of 1

Deep Data: Notes on the n of 1

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(p.123) 7 Deep Data: Notes on the n of 1
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Quantified
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Dana Greenfield

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262034173.003.0007

This chapter addresses the implications of self-quantification in its relation to clinical quantification. By self-quantification, I mean those practices of keeping track of aspects of ones life, activity, or body. I explore these trends in conversation with more traditional biomedical modes of accounting and quantification, and then turn to the n of 1, a central and practice of Quantified Self (QS). Borrowing from scientific discourse, the n of 1 suggests that knowledge can be gained at the scale of the individual. The n of 1 does different things for different people. Exploring the heterogeneity of n of 1, we can begin to understand how self-quantification entails a complex relationship to biomedical representation, from one that mimics and extends medicine’s gaze to another that undermines. I take the n of 1 as an experimental systemwhere new possibilities for the experience of health and illness ramify in surprising ways-- a paraclinical practice where clinical tools are redefined through their domestication. I consider the poly-vocal nature of the n of 1 and what we might learn from it, as a space to rethink care and the clinical.

Keywords:   Quantified Self, N of 1, Paraclinical practice, Medical gaze, Self-quantification, Biomedicine

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