Life and Death under High Technology Medicine

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The proceedings of a colloquium at Brunel, the University of West London, at which British, American, Canadian, and Australian scholars and practitioners of specialized fields reflect on how developments at the frontiers of medicine are challenging conventional ideas about when life begins and ends, and about the possibilities between. The 16 papers go beyond the ethical dilemmas for individuals to consider how high technology medicine is changing our understanding of the nature of kinship, social life, and cultural identity through such practices as the new genetics and organ transplants. Distributed by St. Martin's. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719035906
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1994
  • Series: Fulbright Papers , #15
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 284

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Editor's acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
1 Introduction: Life and death under high technology medicine 1
2 The social consequences of advances in the clinical applications of genetics 21
3 Screening for foetal and genetic disease: some social and psychological consequences 36
4 The Human Genome Project: creator of the potentially sick, potentially vulnerable and potentially stigmatized? 49
5 Displacing knowledge: technology and its consequences for kinship 65
6 Ethical and economic aspects of life-saving and life-sustaining technologies 89
7 The social consequences of the development of the artificial heart 104
8 Biotechnology, patients and profits: how is the law to respond? 118
9 A monopsonistic market: or how to buy and sell human organs, tissues and cells ethically 134
10 How can good choices be made about dying? 157
11 Contests with death: ideologies of nationalism and internationalism in Japan 169
12 What is power? How is decision? The heart has its reasons 189
13 Lay perceptions of modern medicine and medical practice 211
14 A social role for technology: making the body legible 235
15 Rehabilitating sick people: high technology and the reconstruction of normal possibilities 244
16 Technology, medicine and the psychosocial context: the case of psychoneuroimmunology 259
Index 275
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