Chapter

Swimming in the Dark

Catherine Belling

in A Condition of Doubt

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199892365
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199950096 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892365.003.0012
Swimming in the Dark

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In hypochondria and, at times, for all of us, embodiment means the presence of potential danger lurking beneath the body's surface. Even the most cutting-edge medicine lacks continuous access to events happening inside patients' living bodies. Hypochondria and medicine share the ideal of real-time vigilance over bodies and the control we imagine would follow if such watching were possible. Medicine aspires to bodily transparency through medical imaging and other technologies, but as this chapter shows, such access is possible only in fictional narratives.

Keywords: embodiment; medical imaging technology; diagnostics; fiction

Chapter.  7529 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy

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