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Old 28-06-2007, 10:47 PM   #1
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I want to flag Fracture a new book by Ann Oakley a Professor of Sociology in London . I have only just got it but it will be a classic for rehabilitation professionals I am sure . It was reviewed in the BMJ a few weeks ago but it needs an Athens account to access this I think .
Basically Professor Oakely had a complex fracture of her elbow in the States which was plated and returned to London and was diagnosed with an ulnar palsy . The story is a bit like a leg to stand on .There are great chapters which brings neuroscience , homoncular plasticity , the history of Henry Head , Anns dealings with the medical establishment ,ambulance chasers etc to life . It is a personal account which brings all this material to life in a way that an academic paper will seldom do which is so interesting to me .
The OT /Physio and acupuncturist come out of the story very well . Professor Oakely is deeply interested in the conundrums of dualism , embodiment and sensation so many here would probably enjoy the book .
These are initial observations as i have only just got the book but i recommend it highly so far!
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After a long wait, I finally received a copy of this book last week and although only a few chapters in I'm enjoying it enough to plug it again here. Her focus on the discrepancy between the felt experience of the patient and the focus on function by the medical community is refreshing. She packs the book with lots of interesting facts, all well researched, that leave me saying "I didn't know that" at almost every page.
Thanks for the recommendation Ian.
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Deric Bownds posted a review of the following book. It looks really good. What Science Offers the Humanities: Integrating Body and Culture by Edward Slingerland.
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Thanks Jon....it does look good .....I found this link to a conference organised by Slingerland --there are some interesting abstracts and information ...
http://www.sci-hum.pwias.ubc.ca/
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Great link Ian. There are many videos to watch. I'm currently watching The importance of Being "Ernest".
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