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The Artificial Ear
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Part ethnography and part historical study, The Artificial Ear is based on interviews with researchers who were pivotal in the early development and implementation of the new technology necessary for cochlear implants. Through an analysis of the scientific and clinical literature, Stuart Blume reconstructs the history of artificial hearing from its conceptual origins in the 1930s, to the first attempt at cochlear implantation in Paris in the 1950s, and to the widespread clinical application of the "bionic ear" since the 1980s.

Table of Contents

  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. 1. The Promise of New Medical Technology
  2. pp. 1-29
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  1. 2. The Making of the Cochlear Implant
  2. pp. 30-57
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  1. 3. The Cochlear Implant and the Deaf Community
  2. pp. 58-84
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  1. 4. The Globalization of a Controversial Technology
  2. pp. 85-110
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  1. 5. Implantation Politics in the Netherlands
  2. pp. 111-143
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  1. 6. Contexts of Uncertainty: Parental Decision Making
  2. pp. 144-172
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  1. 7. Politics and Medical Progress
  2. pp. 173-197
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 199-219
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 221-226
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