Joan Emerson and the Medical Examination
A medical office is a place or work for the medical staff – physicians,
Medical work is both highly ritualized in procedures based on medical
knowledge, practitioners’ experience, and institutional rules.
It is also highly personal – the object of medical practice is the health
and well-being of the body, and hence the person, of another.
Science views “organs,” “systems,” “symptoms,” but the patient brings
a whole person to the interaction
Medical work requires a practitioner to bridge the gap between
objective, scientific knowledge about health and illness and the
subjectivity and personhood of the patient.