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Medical Technology into Healthcare and Society
A Sociology of Devices, Innovation and Governance
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
28 Nov 2008
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9780230001718
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Healthcare is technological. Contemporary healthcare is provided through medical devices ranging from the bandage to the bioreactor, from the thermometer to cancer screening tests, from the MRI scanner to the new regenerative medicine. This book opens up the world of medical devices to examine the hidden pathways which shape how technology reaches the bedside. It brings to light a maze of the sciences of safety and efficacy, regulation, surveillance systems, politics, industry strategy, and roles of health professionals and patients. The author introduces new research in five different technologies of varying complexity, risk and usership: artificial hips; blood tests for prostate cancer; infusion pumps; the coagulometer; and tissue engineering. Drawing from the sociology of medicine and from science and technology studies, the book develops new concepts to understand the changing patterns of control and promotion of medical technology, and its meaning in society, to explore new meanings of medicalization and place evidence-based medicine in its policy context.


Description

Healthcare is technological. Contemporary healthcare is provided through medical devices ranging from the bandage to the bioreactor, from the thermometer to cancer screening tests, from the MRI scanner to the new regenerative medicine. This book opens up the world of medical devices to examine the hidden pathways which shape how technology reaches the bedside. It brings to light a maze of the sciences of safety and efficacy, regulation, surveillance systems, politics, industry strategy, and roles of health professionals and patients. The author introduces new research in five different technologies of varying complexity, risk and usership: artificial hips; blood tests for prostate cancer; infusion pumps; the coagulometer; and tissue engineering. Drawing from the sociology of medicine and from science and technology studies, the book develops new concepts to understand the changing patterns of control and promotion of medical technology, and its meaning in society, to explore new meanings of medicalization and place evidence-based medicine in its policy context.


Reviews

'Faulkner has...given us a broad-ranging scholarly analysis of a topic that will never cease to fascinate and challenge modern societies...[the] book brings a significant contribution to the current literature on health technology and society' - Sociology of Health and Illness


Contents


Preface
Innovation, Evidence and Governance of Medical Technology
Approaching Technology
The World of Medical Devices
Artificial Hips: The Surveillance of Success
The PSA Test for Prostate Cancer: Risk Constructs Governance?
Infusion Pumps: Usership and the Governance of Error
Coagulometers: Healthcare Governance at Home
Device or Drug? Governation of Tissue-engineering
Devising Healthcare and Society
Notes
Bibliography
Index






Authors

ALEX FAULKNER is Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Society, Health and Ethics, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, UK.