Health, Technology and Society

Quantified Lives and Vital Data

Exploring Health and Technology through Personal Medical Devices

Editors: Lynch, Rebecca, Farrington, Conor (Eds.)

  • Presents expert work that brings together previously separated aspects of health and technology experiences by examining the new concept of the personal medical deviceProvides readers with a comprehensive introduction to this emerging field of research
  • Takes a broad approach to overcome gaps between areas of academic research by focusing on both medical and wellness objectives
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This book raises questions about the changing relationships between technology, people and health. It examines the accelerating pace of technological development and a general shift to personalized, patient-led medicine. Such relationships are increasingly mediated through particular medical technologies, drawn together by the authors as ‘personal medical devices’ (PMDs) – devices that are attached to, worn by, interacted with, or carried by individuals for the purposes of generating biomedical data and carrying out medical interventions on the person concerned. The burgeoning PMD field is advancing rapidly across multiple domains and disciplines – so rapidly that conceptual and empirical research and thinking around PMDs, and their clinical, social and philosophical implications, often lag behind new technical developments and medical interventions. This timely and original volume explores the significant and under-researched impact of personal medical devices on contemporary understandings of health and illness. It will be a valuable read for scholars and practitioners of medicine, health, science and technology and social science. 

About the authors

Dr Rebecca Lynch is a Research Fellow in Medical Anthropology at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK. 
Dr Conor Farrington is a Research Associate at the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research, University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, UK. 

Reviews

“Personal medical devices have moved out of the clinic and into the home, the street and the workplace. They are used not only by the ill, but also by the well. As yet, however, we know little about how and why people take up the devices: what they love and hate about them, how they incorporate the devices into their everyday lives and how they make sense of and negotiate the floods of information the devices generate. This marvellous collection goes a long way towards developing detailed sociocultural analyses of personal medical devices across a diverse range of contexts.” (Professor Deborah Lupton, Centenary Research Professor, News & Media Research Centre, Faculty of Arts & Design, University of Canberra, Australia)

“This exciting and timely book provides dearly needed insights into how people try to make sense of ways to quantify their bodies, and how their data ‘act back’ on them. Through thorough case studies the reader glimpses how personal medical devices tell people different things about who they are and should be, and how these intimate data travel in wider networks of medicine, commericialisation, regulation and design.” (Jeannette Pols, Socrates professor ‘Social Theory, Humanism and Materialities’, Department of Anthropology,  University of Amsterdam / section of Medical Ethics, Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Personal Medical Devices: People and Technology in the Context of Health

    Farrington, Conor (et al.)

    Pages 3-16

  • Theorising Personal Medical Devices

    Matthewman, Steve

    Pages 17-43

  • Biosensing Networks: Sense-Making in Consumer Genomics and Ovulation Tracking

    Kragh-Furbo, Mette (et al.)

    Pages 47-69

  • In/Visible Personal Medical Devices: The Insulin Pump as a Visual and Material Mediator Between Selves and Others

    Hess, Ava

    Pages 71-96

  • Redrawing Boundaries Around the Self: The Case of Self-Quantifying Technologies

    Dudhwala, Farzana

    Pages 97-123

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-349-95235-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-349-95234-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Quantified Lives and Vital Data
Book Subtitle
Exploring Health and Technology through Personal Medical Devices
Editors
  • Rebecca Lynch
  • Conor Farrington
Series Title
Health, Technology and Society
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-95235-9
DOI
10.1057/978-1-349-95235-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-349-95234-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 298
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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