Title page for ETD etd-06102009-063404
|Type of Document
||Constructing colonialism :medicine, technology, and the frontier nursing service
||Master of Science
||Science and Technology Studies
|La Berge, Ann F.
|De Laet, Marianne K.
|Puckett, Anita M.
- medical care - organization
|Date of Defense
This thesis explores the story of the Frontier
Nursing Service (FNS), a rural health care delivery system
established in Hyden, Kentucky in 1925. It is particularly
concerned with examining the colonial construction of the
organization created by the founder, Mary Breckinridge. This
construction created a conceptual framework for the
technological infrastructure of the FNS, and influenced
interactions of FNS employees and the Appalachians who lived
in the area served by them. A case study concerning the
clinical trials of the birth control pi11, Enovid, is used
to highlight in influence of colonial constructions and
mentalities in convincing the trial's investigators that the
FNS was a suitable place for them to be conducted. And
finally, this thesis critiques two theoretical models of
colonialism of by scholars in Appalachian Studies and
Science and Technology Studies, and suggests new directions
which might be undertaken this area.
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