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Bodies in FluxScientific Methods for Negotiating Medical Uncertainty$
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Christa Teston

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226450520

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226450834.001.0001

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Dwelling with Disease

Dwelling with Disease

(p.169) 6. Dwelling with Disease
Bodies in Flux

Christa Teston

University of Chicago Press

This concluding chapter summarizes the book’s three major findings: evidences are the result of rhetorical attunements, methods matter, and biomedical practice (not just health) is relational. Given these three findings, the chapter explores what it might look like to dwell with disease, or to be radically present and attuned to ongoing and pervasive change. The chapter draws on classical rhetorical theory, including constructs such as tuche, technai, episteme, metis, and phronesis, to posit that contemporary care practices might need to be more improvisational than predictive. Under the rubric of medical practice as phronesis, medical professionals accept statistical assessments and aggregated data as mere guides. Medical practice as phronesis requires rhetorical skill—including methods for tinkering and acting with (rather than on) material phenomena. Phronetic practices require localized attunements and an uncomfortable, vulnerable, affective state of dwelling with dis-ease and disability in a way management, control, and precision eschew. The chapter concludes with a methodological coda that encourages researchers in rhetorical studies to find innovative methods for attuning and capturing the complexity of the nodes and knots that connect people and things.

Keywords:   care, phronesis, dwelling, disability, method, relationality, tuche, technai, metis, tinker

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