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Author Nicolson, Malcolm, 1952-

Title Imaging and imagining the fetus : the development of obstetric ultrasound / Malcolm Nicolson and John E.E. Fleming
Published Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013


Description 1 online resource (xi, 317 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction : Historiographies of Obstetrics -- Diagnostic ultrasound before Thomas Brown -- Ian Donald before ultrasound I : St. Thomas's Hospital and the Royal Air Force -- Ian Donald before ultrasound II : Hammersmith and Glasgow -- A-scope investigations in Glasgow -- The first contact scanner -- The automatic scanner and the diasonograph -- Behind the Iron Curtain : ultrasound and the fetus -- Diffusion, controversy, and commodification -- Ian Donald after ultrasound : contraception and abortion -- Maternity and technology
Summary This book tells the story of how engineers and clinicians developed the ultrasound diagnostic scanner and how its use in obstetrics became controversial. To its proponents, the ultrasound scanner is a safe, reliable, and indispensable aid to diagnosis. Its detractors, on the other hand, argue that its development and use are driven by the technological enthusiasms of doctors and engineers (and the commercial interests of manufacturers) and not by concern to improve the clinical care of women. In some U.S. states, an ultrasound scan is now required by legislation before a woman can obtain an abortion, adding a new dimension to an already controversial practice. This book engages both the development of a modern medical technology and the concerted critique of that technology. The authors relate the technical and social history of ultrasound imaging — from early experiments in Glasgow in 1956 through wide deployment in the British hospital system by 1975, to its ubiquitous use in maternity clinics throughout the developed world by the end of the twentieth century
Notes Electronic version available
Restrictions on access to electronic version: access available to SOAS staff and students only, using SOAS id and password
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [269]-308) and index
Notes English
Subject Donald, Ian, 1910-1987.
SUBJECT Donald, Ian, 1910-1987
Donald, Ian, 1910-1987
Donald, Ian, 1910-1987 fast
Subject Ultrasonics in obstetrics -- Scotland -- History
Ultrasonics in obstetrics.
Fetus -- Ultrasonic imaging -- Scotland -- History
Fetus -- Ultrasonic imaging.
Diffusion of innovations -- Scotland
Diffusion of innovations.
Politics, Practical.
Ultrasonography, Prenatal -- history
Ultrasonography, Prenatal -- instrumentation
Diffusion of Innovation
Fetal Diseases -- diagnosis
History, 20th Century
Ultrasonography, Prenatal
Politics, Practical
Diffusion of innovations
Fetus -- Ultrasonic imaging
Ultrasonics in obstetrics
SUBJECT Scotland
Subject Scotland
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
Author Fleming, John E. E. (John Eric Edgcumbe), 1934-
LC no. 2012017646
ISBN 9781421408248