Thesis ID: CBB854675562

The Emergence of Pain Quantification and Visualization in the Computation Culture of Cold War Era United States (2018)

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This thesis draws together design history, pain science, and information studies to consider the ways that medical clinicians incorporated quantitative methods and tools from graphic and industrial design and, reciprocally, the ways in which designers used methods and ideas from the biomedical sciences in the US and UK between 1945 and 2015. The project is organized around postwar changes in pain science in clinical medicine and proposes that a measurement, representation, and move toward quantification in clinical pain medicine occurred in tandem with the turn toward computing in the arts and in graphic design. Subsequent advancements in personal and wearable computing shifted health and wellness personal technologies markets around concepts of “self-health.” The project culminates in the emergence of “the quantified self,” a concept interpreted in this project to the development of quantitative tools and methods in computing and computer graphics devoted to advancing a neoliberal model of knowledge and experience of the individual’s bodily pain.

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Authors & Contributors
Tousignant, Noemi R.
Heide, Lars
Munt, Sally R.
Joyce, Kelly A.
Mallard, John R.
Vall, Renée van de
Journals
IEEE Annals of the History of Computing
Science as Culture
Perspectives in Biology and Medicine
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
New Media & Society
Spontaneous Generations
Publishers
Continuum
Lit
Reaktion Books
The MIT Press
Zone Books
University of Chicago Press
Concepts
Medical instruments and apparatus
Visual representation; visual communication
Computer media
Computers and computing
Medicine
Medical technology
People
Plato
Time Periods
20th century, late
21st century
20th century
20th century, early
19th century
Ancient
Places
United States
Italy
Greece
India
Indonesia
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