Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor:
Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA;
David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library,
Journal Review Editor.
In Replaceable You, the American Studies scholar
David Serlin relocates the American fascination with using medicine to realign
body with identity. It arose not in the liberated 1960s and 1970s, Serlin
claims, but in the late 1940s and early 1950s. In these years, individuation,
the quest for true self, became a hallmark of Americanism in its grand struggle
with world Communism. Yet at the same time, normality—conformity in
appearance, social and economic function, desire, and in life course generally—took
hold as both expectation and standard of judgment.
Hamlin C. Body, Culture. JAMA. 2004;292(16):2019–2024. doi:10.1001/jama.292.16.2022