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The Politics of Personalised Medicine

The Politics of Personalised Medicine
Pharmacogenetics in the Clinic


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Part of Cambridge Studies in Society and the Life Sciences

  • Date Published: December 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521602655

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  • Pharmacogenetics, the use of genetic testing to prescribe and develop drugs, has been hailed as a revolutionary development for the pharmaceutical industry and modern medicine. Supporters of 'personalised medicine' claim the result will be safer, cheaper, more effective drugs, and their arguments are beginning to influence policy debates. Based on interviews with clinicians, researchers, regulators and company representatives, this book explores the impact of pharmacogenetics on clinical practice, following two cases of personalised medicine as they make their way from the laboratory to the clinic. It highlights the significant differences between the views of supporters of pharmacogenetics in industry and those who use the technology at the clinical 'coal face'. Theoretically, this work builds on the developing area of the sociology of socio-technical expectations, highlighting the way in which promoters of new technologies build expectations around it, through citation and the creation of technological visions.

    • The first book-length empirical study of the social/ethical impact of pharmacogenetics
    • One of the first monographs using the developing area of sociology of expectations
    • Uses interviews with clinicians, researchers, regulators and company representatives to explore the impact of pharmacogenetics on clinical practice
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    • Winner of the Sociology of Health and Illness Book of the Year awarded by The British Sociological Association Medical Sociology Group

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521602655
    • length: 216 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Personalised medicine - a revolution in health care
    2. Pharmacogenetics, expectation and promissory science
    3. Genetics, moral risk and professional resistance
    4. Clinical resistance to Alzheimer's pharmacogenetics
    5. Research, industry and pharmacogenetic literacy
    6. Engineering the clinic - getting personalised medicine into practice
    7. The fourth hurdle - cost effectiveness and the funding of pharmacogenetics
    8. Disappointment and disclosure in the pharmacogenetic clinic
    9. The personalised is political.

  • Author

    Adam Hedgecoe, University of Sussex
    Adam Hedgecoe is Lecturer at the Department of Sociology, University of Sussex. He has published in Science, Technology and Human Values, Social Studies of Science, Sociology of Health and Illness, and Bioethics.


    • Winner of the Sociology of Health and Illness Book of the Year awarded by The British Sociological Association Medical Sociology Group
    • Winner of the Philip Abrams Memorial Prize awarded by the British Sociological Association for the best first and sole-authored book within the discipline of Sociology

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