Rhetoric in the Flesh: Trained Vision, Technical Expertise, and the Gross Anatomy Lab (Routledge, 2014) is an ethnographic study of the cadaveric anatomy lab that investigates the role language, visual displays, and embodied practices play in the training and socialization of medical students. Specifically, Fountain demonstrates how anatomy students’ perceptions of the body and medical training are shaped by their repeated interactions with cadavers, representations of cadavers, and the discourses that help participants make sense of and make peace with the invasive procedures of the gross lab. In his talk, Fountain will explore these ideas by turning to examples from his book as well as historical texts from the Dittrick’s collection.
In 1914, two and a half years before the US entered World War I, Cleveland’s foremost physicians and surgeons gathered their resources and took a group, called the Lakeside Unit, to Paris to tend to injured French and British soldiers. This was done on an entirely neutral platform and set the stage for the formation of similar university hospital units from all over the country.This trip was well documented in photographs, diary’s and other documents. These and some artifacts from this trip will be featured in the exhibit.
Jennifer Nieves, archivist at the Dittrick and Dianne O’Malia, archivist for University Hospitals, are nearing the completion of several projects that showcase the history of the Lakeside Unit. We’ve announced the pending completion of the Lakeside Unit website several times in the past few years. One thing or another delayed this process: change in web designers, web platforms and our fulltime positions, but we are now almost ready for release. During the past year we discovered photographs we hadn’t seen before, found interesting tidbits in George Crile’s diary not read earlier, and we acquired more Lakeside Unit related items that will be included in the site. We have also made contact with other institutions commemorating the WWI medical experience, and hope to work with them on future projects.
More information on Lakeside exhibit and related projects.