In troduction
For the tasks which face the human apparatus of perception at the turning
points of history cannot be solved by optical means, that is, by contemplation,
alone. They are mastered gradually by habit, under the guidance of tactile
•  Walter Benjamin, “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical
In hospital-speak, the
Suite” is a series of rooms: scanner room, waiting
room, reading room, file room. And closets. All dedicated to Computed To-
mography, or
scanning—a mode of diagnostic imaging.1 So, in part, this is
a book about space.
But rooms—architectural forms—are just one connotation of  “suite.” There
are various linked practices distributed in and among these rooms. As in a mu-
sical suite (classically, a sequence of dance pieces: allemande, courante . . . ).
Cutting (tomo) and writing (graphein) are tomography’s eponymic practices—
but they are linked with many others. This is a book about practices.
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