“Crawford’s captivating and enlightening monograph offers a critical perspective on the phenomena of phantom limbs, prostheses, and the relationship(s) between that so-called ghost and the machine.”
—Sociology of Health & Illness
“[…] Crawford’s book is a very important contribution to discussions about the construction of a technoscape made murky by the churning of constant discovery and innovation. Her conclusion…allows Crawford to consider how knowledge is produced and generates meaning for both researchers and those it describes.”
"[I]f you are interested in thinking about the nature of bodies and how our (supposed) relationship with them has developed, then I think this book is a must. Crawford's aim is to dig under and around the nature and concepts surrounding body parts that hold no corporeality–phantom limbs."
—Social History of Medicine
"Impressive! Phantom limb has long haunted medicine and vice versa. Crawford tells us why and skillfully reveals the changing trends and biopolitical stakes. Critically engaging discourse on prosthetic transcendence and cyborgian revolution, this book makes sorely needed contributions to science and technology studies, medical sociology, disability studies and emergent neuro-studies. And it is a fascinating read!"
—Adele E. Clarke, author of Disciplining Reproduction
"In this compelling book, Cassandra Crawford recounts medical ghost stories about the sensations of absent bodies. Cutting through an esoteric literature with verve and empathy, her research reveals the boundary where mind and body meet and social imprinting occurs."
—Stefan Timmermans, author of Postmortem: How Medical Examiners Explain Suspicious Deaths
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