Inbreathing race into the machine science studies scholar lundy braun traces the little known history of the spirometer to reveal the social and scientific processes by which medical instruments have worked to naturalize racial and ethnic differences from victorian britain to today routinely a factor in clinical diagnoses preemployment physicals and disability estimates spirometers are often race corrected typically reducing normal values for african americans by 15 percent. Race correction is now programmed into electronic circuitry where it is truly invisible and leaves most users unaware of the racial assumptions embodied in the machine this book provides the first serious historical analysis of the spirometer the author nicely shows how the tool fit into the personal and professional agendas of key . One of the strengths of breathing race into the machine the surprising career of the spirometer from plantation to genetics is brauns astute examination of how the spirometer became an adaptable scientific object p 73 that influenced and was influenced by various social geographical and racial factors her background in laboratory medicine serves her well as she analyzes changes in spirometric design metrics and data interpretation and then skillfully connects them to . Pdf on apr 1 2017 dillon wamsley and others published breathing race into the machine the surprising career of the spirometer from plantation to genetics by lundy braun find read and cite . Breathing race into the machine the surprising career of the spirometer from plantation to genetics amazonde braun lundy fremdsprachige bucher
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