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Surgical monads: A social topology of the operating room

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Tiago Moreira


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In this paper, I describe surgical interventions as events that occur simultaneously in four different spaces or topologies-region, network, fluid, and fire. I also develop a way of describing the relations between these spaces. My aim is to find a way of describing the relations between different forms of spatiality and so between different versions of scale, size, and, specially, of absence and presence. I argue that the operating room is an effect of the interferences between different types of special relations. This is presented as a neo-monadology: I suggest that the interference between these four spaces is generative, not only of the surgical event but also of the differences between the topologies themselves. I use this argument to develop a tool for understanding the multiple relations between the 'local' and the 'global'.

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Author(s): Moreira T

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Environment and Planning D: Society and Space

Year: 2004

Volume: 22

Issue: 1

Pages: 53-69

ISSN (print): 0263-7758

ISSN (electronic): 1472-3433

Publisher: Pion Ltd


DOI: 10.1068/d320t


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