Zimmer’s book documents well how green fluorescent proteins (GFPs) join (often, literally) a long line of ever-evolving visualization techniques and radiological innovation that continue to modify how we view ourselves, both in the pages of academic journals and in the vernacular.
Scott H. Podolsky
Scott H. Podolsky is a primary care physician, Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and the director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine. His most recent book, The Antibiotic Era: Reform, Resistance, and the Pursuit of a Rational Therapeutics, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2015.
Posts by Scott H. Podolsky
The real Elvis is American, remember, and America is a consumer society. The desires we project, the stuff we buy—that is what feels real to us. It lets us have any Elvis we want. He left plenty of kitsch in his wake, plenty of pseudo-religion, plenty of Elvis jokes—but he was not, is not, a joke. He lived our contradictions, released our inhibitions, and lost himself in the process.