My research concerns modes of tinkering and tailoring in medicine, from a sociological and anthropological perspective. More specifically, I am interested in the material and cultural life of medical technologies, skills, workers and institutions, which I largely study using techniques of ethnography. I work across the academic fields of medical anthropology, the sociology of health and illness, and science and technology studies. I am inspired by ethnographically orientated work outside of the academy in film, art, craft and literature. I also draw from my previous clinical work as a doctor.
My research includes work on: how listening to sound is learnt and used in medicine; genetic testing on the internet and associated themes of participation, controversy and trust; narratives in medicine; migration of doctors and translation of medical practice between hospital settings; sensory methodologies; the relationship between art and medicine; and medical museums. I also regularly blog about a fascinating technology vastly invisible in medical practice: pneumatic tubes.
Image from The New Yorker.