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Author Newman, Karen, 1949-

Title Fetal positions : individualism, science, visuality / Karen Newman
Published Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, [1996]


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Description xi, 157 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Series Writing science
Writing science.
Contents Machine derived contents note: Prologue -- Fetal positions -- Epilogue -- Notes -- Sources -- Index
Summary This compelling book uses 103 illustrations to argue that modes of visualizing science have profoundly determined "fetal politics" and the contemporary abortion debates. With its close interplay of visual and verbal texts, it traces both the history of fetal images from the sixteenth century onward (including the classic Life magazine photographs by Lennart Nilsson from 1965) and the consequences of how obstetrical and embryological knowledge was represented over time in Europe - to both specialists and the public - as medical knowledge came to be produced and understood through anatomical observation. Fetal Positions demonstrates the importance of history for framing and understanding contemporary political issues, and, by historicizing heterosexuality and reproduction, it contributes to the emerging study of the history of sexuality
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [143]-149) and index
Subject Fetal monitoring -- History.
Fetal monitoring -- Europe -- History.
Fetus -- Social aspects.
Human body -- Social aspects.
Image processing -- Europe.
Human reproduction -- Europe.
Sex role -- Europe.
Image processing.
Visual perception -- History.
Visual perception -- Europe -- History.
Human Body.
Obstetrics -- history.
Social Values.
LC no. 95041182
ISBN 0804726477 (cloth : alk. paper)
0804726485 (paperback: alk. paper)