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Dianne F. Sadoff

Sciences of the Flesh: Representing Body and Subject in Psychoanalysis
Stanford University Press, 1998


Deploying Latour's model of scientific theory production, this book argues that the historical emergence of psychoanalysis depended on nineteenth-century scientific practices: laboratory experimentation, medical transmission of research findings along collegial or social networks, and medical representation of illness, including case studies, amphitheatrical demonstration of cases, hospital records of symptoms, and laboratory graphology and photography of patients. Freud used autobiography, summary, and outline to stabilize his concepts and control the dissemination of his new science. Psychoanalysis had successfully created new scientific "plausible bridges" between psyche and soma, nature and the social, to produce a modern theory of hybrid subjectivity that was rooted in, yet conceptually separated from, the body.




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