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> hi i was thinking of writing a dissertation about the representations of
health and illness and was recommended looking atFoucault's Birth of the
Clinic, but i have no idea where to start, i would appreciate any help,


You might want to take a look at this (excellent) book called Visual
Display: Culture Beyond Appearances (edited by Lynne Cooke and Peter Wollen
for Bay Press in 1995). It contains two essays you may want to look at:

(1) Lisa Cartwright's "Gender Artifacts: Technologies of Bodily Display in
Medical Culture"
(2) Ludmilla Jordanova's "Medicine and Genres of Display"

Hope this helps,

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