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Representation in Scientific Practice Revisited$
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Catelijne Coopman, Janet Vertesi, Michaeland Lynch, and Steve Woolgar

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262525381

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262525381.001.0001

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Swimming in the Joint

Swimming in the Joint

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Representation in Scientific Practice Revisited

Rachel Prentice

The MIT Press

This chapter examines the embodied skills that surgeons deploy in the operating room to expose, see, and operate upon patients’ bodies. Of particular interest is what happens when new technologies for minimally-invasive surgery reconfigure the fluid relationships among hands, eyes, tools, and patient bodies that configure surgical sight and action. The chapter analyzes examples from an ethnographic study of surgical procedures in order to illuminate how the surgeon’s craft adapts to and exploits such technological mediation. By examining specific surgeons with varying degrees of training and experience, the chapter shows how different surgeons manage (or fail) to unite sight, action, and technology.

Keywords:   Surgery, Surgical skill, Professional vision, Remote surgery, Embodiment

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