‘It’s All Done With Mirrors’: V.S. Ramachandran and the Material Culture of Phantom Limb Research

@article{Guenther2016ItsAD,
  title={‘It’s All Done With Mirrors’: V.S. Ramachandran and the Material Culture of Phantom Limb Research},
  author={Katja Guenther},
  journal={Medical History},
  year={2016},
  volume={60},
  pages={342 - 358}
}
This article examines the material culture of neuroscientist Vilayanur S. Ramachandran’s research into phantom limbs. In the 1990s Ramachandran used a ‘mirror box’ to ‘resurrect’ phantom limbs and thus to treat the pain that often accompanied them. The experimental success of his mirror therapy led Ramachandran to see mirrors as a useful model of brain function, a tendency that explains his attraction to work on ‘mirror neurons’. I argue that Ramachandran’s fascination with and repeated appeal… 

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