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Living and Working with the New Medical Technologies

Living and Working with the New Medical Technologies
Intersections of Inquiry

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Medical Anthropology

Alberto Cambrosio, Allan Young, Margaret Lock, Hans-Jorg Rheinberger, Paul Rabinow, Ilana Lowy, Annemarie Mol, Peter Keating, Patricia A. Kaufert, Rayna Rapp, Joseph Dumit, Margaret Lock, Veena Das
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  • Date Published: July 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521655682

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  • This stimulating collection of essays, a product of a dialogue among anthropologists, sociologists, and philosopher-historians, focuses on the newly created biomedical technologies and their practical applications. Drawing on ethnographic and historical case studies, the authors show how biomedical technologies are produced through the agencies of tools and techniques, scientists and doctors, funding bodies, patients, and the public. Despite shared concerns, the authors achieve no consensus about their research objectives, and deep epistemological divides clearly remain, making for provocative reading.

    • Interdisciplinary collaboration involving anthropologists, sociologists and historians of science
    • Stimulating essays that deal with how medical technologies work in practice
    • Contributions from leading scholars in several fields
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This volume's strength lies in its multiple understandings of scientific objects and practices. … It is still, a decade after publication, relevant to continuing concerns, reflecting the continuing lack of agreement in epistemology, but approaches that nonetheless, articulate new knowledge.' The Journal of Biosocial Science

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521655682
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Alberto Cambrosio, Allan Young and Margaret Lock
    Part I. Epochal Transitions? Biomedicine and the Transformation of Socionature:
    2. Beyond nature and culture: modes of reasoning in the age of molecular biology and medicine Hans-Jorg Rheinberger
    3. Epochs, presents, events Paul Rabinow
    Part II. Laboratories and Clinics: The Material Culture of Biomedicine:
    4. Trustworthy knowledge and desperate patients: clinical tests for new drugs from cancer to AIDS Ilana Lowy
    5. Pathology and the clinic: an ethnographic presentation of two atheroscleroses Annemarie Mol
    6. 'Real compared to what?': diagnosing leukemias and lymphomas Peter Keating and Alberto Cambrosio
    7. History, hystery, and psychiatric styles of reasoning Allan Young
    Part III. Technologies and Bodies: The Extended Networks of Biomedicine:
    8. Screening the body: the Pap smear and the mammogram Patricia A. Kaufert
    9. Extra chromosomes and blue tulips: medico-familial interpretations Rayna Rapp
    10. When explanations rest: 'good-enough' brain science and the new sociomedical disorders Joseph Dumit
    11. On dying twice: culture, technology, and the determination of death Margaret Lock
    12. The practice of organ transplants: networks, documents, translations Veena Das.

  • Editors

    Margaret Lock, McGill University, Montréal

    Allan Young, McGill University, Montréal

    Alberto Cambrosio, McGill University, Montréal


    Alberto Cambrosio, Allan Young, Margaret Lock, Hans-Jorg Rheinberger, Paul Rabinow, Ilana Lowy, Annemarie Mol, Peter Keating, Patricia A. Kaufert, Rayna Rapp, Joseph Dumit, Margaret Lock, Veena Das

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