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Paula Muhr 
From Photography to fMRI 
Epistemic Functions of Images in Medical Research on Hysteria

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Hysteria, a mysterious disease known since antiquity, is said to have ceased to exist. Challenging this commonly held view, this is the first cross-disciplinary study to examine the current functional neuroimaging research into hysteria and compare it to the 19th-century image-based research into the same disorder. Paula Muhr’s central argument is that, both in the 19th-century and current neurobiological research on hysteria, images have enabled researchers to generate new medical insights. Through detailed case studies, Muhr traces how different images, from photography to functional brain scans, have reshaped the historically situated medical understanding of this disorder that defies the mind-body dualism.
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Paula Muhr is an independent scholar and visual artist who investigates knowledge-producing functions of new imaging technologies in biomedical and natural sciences. Her research is situated at the intersection of science and technology studies (STS), image theory, medias studies and history of science. She holds a PhD in visual history from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and a postgraduate diploma in fine arts (Meisterschülerin) from the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig. She has published on contemporary photography, image-based hysteria research as well as black hole imaging in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes.
Language English ● Format PDF ● Pages 630 ● ISBN 9783839461761 ● Publisher transcript Verlag ● City Bielefeld ● Country DE ● Published 2022 ● Edition 1 ● Downloadable 24 months ● Currency EUR ● ID 8210562 ● Copy protection Social DRM

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