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University of British Columbia
HIST 104
Robert Brain

Technology and Medical Diagnosis Read Harrison chapter 4, and article that will be sent to us: ‘Give me a laboratory and I will raise the world’ -we’ve been considering the physician, patient, and disease -we’re now thinking about it in terms of the physician-patient relationship -up until a point, the relationship was the doctor listening to how the patient described their illness -this changed in favour of using diagnostic technologies -in the late 18th century, hospitals were opening up and a wider variety of people were attending hospitals ▯ -used to be just for the poor, but middle class people began going in them, ▯ generally separated from the lower classes -during the mechanical revolution -this tied in with the new conception of the body as a machine ▯ -illness as a mechanical malfunction in the body -simple data collecting and statistical accumulation of data was becoming popular ▯ -this changed the notion of disease -the common idea was that disease was caused by lesions -disease is closely linked to the understanding of anatomy, particularly because of the autopsies connected with disease -Herman Helmholtz invented the Opthalmoscope- to look at eyes -helped to inspect the internal organs during life -people were confused by the glowing of animals’ eyes in the dark (storing light like a bat
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