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Brent Beckley <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 24 Mar 2016 11:48:07 -0400
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Morgan & Claypool is proud to announce the publication of new book in
Assistive, Rehabilitative, and Health-Preserving Technologies:


Body Tracking in Healthcare

Kenton OHara, Cecily Morrison, Abigail Sellen, Nadia Bianchi-Berthouze,
Cathy Craig

ISBN: 9781627054560 | PDF ISBN: 9781627059503

Copyright C 2016 | 151 Pages | Publication Date: March, 2016

(Digital Library - Subscribers Only):

(Print & Individual eBooks):


Within the context of healthcare, there has been a long-standing interest in
understanding the posture and movement of the human body. Gait analysis work
over the years has looked to articulate the patterns and parameters of this
movement both for a normal healthy body and in a range of movement-based
disorders. In recent years, these efforts to understand the moving body have
been transformed by significant advances in sensing technologies and
computational analysis techniques all offering new ways for the moving body
to be tracked, measured, and interpreted. 


While much of this work has been largely research focused, as the field
matures, we are seeing more shifts into clinical practice. As a consequence,
there is an increasing need to understand these sensing technologies over
and above the specific capabilities to track, measure, and infer patterns of
movement in themselves. Rather, there is an imperative to understand how the
material form of these technologies enables them also to be situated in
everyday healthcare contexts and practices. There are significant mutually
interdependent ties between the fundamental characteristics and assumptions
of these technologies and the configurations of everyday collaborative
practices that are possible them. Our attention then must look to social,
clinical, and technical relations pertaining to these various body
technologies that may play out in particular ways across a range of
different healthcare contexts and stakeholders. 


Our aim in this book is to explore these issues with key examples
illustrating how social contexts of use relate to the properties and
assumptions bound up in particular choices of body-tracking technology. We
do this through a focus on three core application areas in healthcare
(assessment, rehabilitation, and surgical interaction) and recent efforts to
apply body-tracking technologies to them.


Brent Beckley
Direct Marketing Manager
Morgan & Claypool Publishers

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