Innovations in Medicine and Health: Diffusion and Resistance in the Twentieth Century / Edition 1

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This volume brings together cutting edge research by historians from Britain, Germany, France, the US, Japan and New Zealand. Innovative in its approach to innovation, it focuses on diffusion and resistance, and organization as well as technology.
The collection features issues such as control and compliance, professional power and economic constraint, cultural divides, 'configured users' and ingenuity. The introductory essay relates the collection to history and sociology of innovation and technology, asking 'what is distinctive about medicine and health?' Explorations of recent cases, along with deeper probing of the past century, call into question how the past relates to the future. Health policy makers and analysts, practitioners, users and historians will find the editor's claims for the uses of history provocative.
With its emphasis on clarity of writing, its mix of empirical details and analysis, and its rich bibliography, this volume offers rewards to academic and health service readers alike.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Introduction: on theory and practice 1
Pt. I Close neighbours 19
1 The effects of local context on the development of obstetric ultrasound scanning in two Scottish hospitals 21
2 Organization, ethnicity and the British National Health Service 37
Pt. II Across nations 65
3 The Western mode of nursing evangelized?: nursing professionalism in twentieth-century Japan 67
4 Acupuncture and innovation: 'New Age' medicine in the NHS 84
5 Degrees of control: the spread of operative fracture treatment with metal implants: a comparative perspective on Switzerland, East Germany and the USA, 1950s-1990s 106
Pt. III Re-innovation and the state 127
6 Representing medicine: innovation and resistance in 1950s Britain 129
7 The diffusion of two renal dialysis modalities in the UK, 1960s-1980s 145
8 Midwifery re-innovation in New Zealand 169
9 French response to 'innovation': the return of the living donor in organ transplantation 188
Bibliography 209
Index 228
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