The public life of the fetal sonogram

The public life of the fetal sonogram

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In The Public Life of the Fetal Sonogram, medical anthropologist Janelle S. Taylor analyzes the full sociocultural context of ultrasound technology and imagery. Drawing upon ethnographic research both within and beyond the medical setting, Taylor shows how ultrasound has entered into public consumer culture in the United States. The book documents and critically analyzes societal uses for ultrasound such as nondiagnostic AƒqkeepsakeAƒq ultrasound businesses that foster a new consumer market for these blurry, monochromatic images of eagerly awaited babies, and anti-abortion clinics that use ultrasound in an attempt to make women bond with the fetuses they carry, inciting a pro-life state of mind.This book offers much-needed critical awareness of the less easily recognized ways in which ultrasound technology is profoundly social and political in the United States today.Cast in this light, allowing patients to schedule ultrasound scans on their own purely for viewing pleasure might sound like a ... evidence that 3D sonography has a positive impact on parental-fetal bonding, the AIUM recognizes that many parents may ... Freestanding commercial fetal imaging sites, usually without any physician review of acquired images and with no ... As added cost visits to a medical facility (office or hospital) outside the coverage of contractual arrangements betweenanbsp;...

Title:The public life of the fetal sonogram
Author:Janelle S. Taylor
Publisher:Rutgers Univ Pr - 2008-09-09


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