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Visible Humans, Vanishing Bodies, and Virtual Nursing: Complications of Life, Presence, Place, and Identity

Sandelowski, Margarete PhD, RN, FAAN

Advances in Nursing Science: March 2002 - Volume 24 - Issue 3 - p 58-70
Complexity and Context

The emergence of the posthuman body and the disappearance of the humanist body serve as background for the rediscovery of the body as resource and problem in nursing. At the precise moment when the fleshy body is deemed increasingly irrelevant and immaterial in cyberspace come divergent moves in nursing toward not only resurrecting this body, but also toward virtual environments of nursing care, where fleshy bodies never encounter each other. The posthuman conflation of bodies and information poses the greatest challenge yet to the secure place, presence, and identity of nursing in health care.

School of Nursing; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Chapel Hill, North Carolina

An abbreviated version of this article was presented on May 11, 2001, for the Jean Kelley Endowed Lectureship at the University of Alabama, School of Nursing, in Birmingham, Alabama.

© 2002 Aspen Publishers, Inc.