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Introduction: Reengaging with instruments.
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PMID:  22448543     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Over the past twenty years or so, historians of science have become increasingly sensitized to issues involved in studying and interpreting scientific and medical instruments. The contributors to this Focus section are historians of science who have worked closely with museum objects and collections, specifically instruments used in scientific and medical contexts. Such close engagement by historians of science is somewhat rare, provoking distinctive questions as to how we define and understand instruments, opening up issues regarding the value of broken or incomplete objects, and raising concerns about which scientific and medical artifacts are displayed and interpreted in museums and in what manner. It is hoped that these essays point historians of science in new directions for reengaging with scientific objects and collections.
Liba Taub
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Isis; an international review devoted to the history of science and its cultural influences     Volume:  102     ISSN:  0021-1753     ISO Abbreviation:  Isis     Publication Date:  2011 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-03-27     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985182R     Medline TA:  Isis     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  689-96     Citation Subset:  IM; QIS    
Whipple Museum of the History of Science, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RH, United Kingdom.
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