The intersecting social worlds of MRI scientists and MS clinicians
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AbstractDo basic scientists and clinicians represent two separate sub-cultures? In other words, if culture is defined from a cognitive perspective, do basic scientists and clinicians espouse similar beliefs and understandings about the objects and events in the world around them? What are the differences and similarities between scientists and clinicians? How do they relate to common objects? This research is a case study of basic scientists and clinicians working in the areas of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in a Western Canadian university hospital. Based on five months of qualitative and quantitative fieldwork, this study indicates that there are differences in how basic scientists and clinicians perceive five shared boundary objects: the MRI, the neurological patient, the CNS disease, neurological diagnosis, and the brain. This research also describes the social life of MRI as it passes through sub-cultures within a hospital organization.
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