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The Resource American lobotomy : a rhetorical history, Jenell Johnson

American lobotomy : a rhetorical history, Jenell Johnson

Label
American lobotomy : a rhetorical history
Title
American lobotomy
Title remainder
a rhetorical history
Statement of responsibility
Jenell Johnson
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"American Lobotomy: A Rhetorical History takes one of the most infamous procedures in the history of medicine as its subject. Through a close study of representations of lobotomy in a wide variety of cultural texts, American Lobotomy offers a rhetorical history of the infamous procedure and illustrates its continued effect on American medicine. The development of lobotomy in 1935 was heralded as a "miracle cure" by newspapers and magazines, which hoped openly that the "soul surgery" would empty the nation's perennially blighted asylums. However, the miracle cure soon began to fall from favor with the American public, as the operation became characterized as a barbaric practice with suspiciously authoritarian overtones. Only twenty years after the first operation, lobotomists initially praised for their "therapeutic courage" were condemned for their barbarity, an image that has only soured in subsequent decades. Taking on previously abandoned texts like science fiction, horror film, political polemics, and conspiracy theory, Johnson employs these discarded texts to write a rhetorical history of the operation, showing how lobotomy's entanglement with social and political narratives contributed to a powerful image of the operation that persists to this day. In a provocative challenge to the history of medicine, American Lobotomy argues that lobotomy's rhetorical history is crucial to understanding lobotomy's medical history, offering a case study of how medicine accumulates meaning as it circulates in public culture, and it stands as an argument for the need to understand biomedicine as a culturally situated practice." -- Publisher's description
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Cataloging source
DNLM/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1978-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Johnson, Jenell M.
Dewey number
617.4/81
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
RD594
LC item number
.J64 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2014 N-188
  • WL 11 AA1
Series statement
Corporealities: Discourses of disability
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Frontal lobotomy
  • Psychosurgery
Label
American lobotomy : a rhetorical history, Jenell Johnson
Instantiates
Publication
Bar code
31223114275994
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-213) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Thinking with the thalamus : the rhetoric of emotional impairment -- Domesticated women and docile boys : lobotomy and gender in the popular press -- Someone else : the Cold War politics of personality change -- The rhetorical return of lobotomy : the campaign against psychosurgery -- Not our father's lobotomy : memories of lobotomy in the new age of psychosurgery -- How Weston State Hospital became the trans-Allegheny lunatic asylum; or, the birth of Dr. Monster -- Epilogue : haunted history
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
220 pages
Isbn
9780472119448
Lccn
2014017457
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
879416961
Label
American lobotomy : a rhetorical history, Jenell Johnson
Publication
Bar code
31223114275994
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-213) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Thinking with the thalamus : the rhetoric of emotional impairment -- Domesticated women and docile boys : lobotomy and gender in the popular press -- Someone else : the Cold War politics of personality change -- The rhetorical return of lobotomy : the campaign against psychosurgery -- Not our father's lobotomy : memories of lobotomy in the new age of psychosurgery -- How Weston State Hospital became the trans-Allegheny lunatic asylum; or, the birth of Dr. Monster -- Epilogue : haunted history
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
220 pages
Isbn
9780472119448
Lccn
2014017457
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
879416961

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