N ot e s
Introduction
1
ct
suite—or
cat
(computer-assisted tomography) suite—is a common term in
large English-speaking hospitals around the world. In French, “suite” is an every-
day, nontechnical word, with no special association with either tomodensitométrie
(tdm)
or scanographie.
2 Foucault, The Birth of the Clinic, 146, quoting Xavier Bichat. The delayed rediscov-
ery of Morgagni by the Paris Clinic is discussed at 125–35. Foucault is not the only
historian to emphasize the revolutionary status of pathoanatomy and clinical-
pathological correlation. See Maulitz, Morbid Appearances, for accounts of move-
ments of French practices across national lines; Ackerknecht, Medicine at the Paris
Hospital.
3 Foucault’s formulation. More precisely, tracings of a disease in flesh are its “sec-
ondary” spatialization—distinguished by Foucault from “primary” spatialization,
position in a classificatory table, and tertiary spatialization, summation of “all the
gestures by which, in a given society, a disease is circumscribed, medically invested,
isolated . . . or distributed.” The Birth of the Clinic, 16.
In calling cadaver-medicine a “platform,” I engage, if glancingly, Keating and
Cambrosio’s fine analyses of “Biomedical Platforms.” They combine social, tech-
nical, and administrative connotations of this architectural term more compre-
hensively than I attempt with “suite.” (They would point out that pathology, work
with fixed tissue, is specifically marginal to the functional concerns of biomedical
platforms.) But I reject their concern about “reductions” in addressing techniques,
tools, and other materials under an “increasingly vague, all-encompassing notion
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