The Sociology of Medical Science and Technology

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Contributors examine the relationship between science and clinical practice; the development, assessment and regulation of health care technologies; and the implications of the 'new genetics'.
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Overview

Contributors examine the relationship between science and clinical practice; the development, assessment and regulation of health care technologies; and the implications of the 'new genetics'.
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Mary Ann Elston is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her research interests include the organisaton of biomedical research, the health care professions and gender and health care. She is co-editor of the journal Sociology of Health and Illness.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: the Sociology of Medical Science and Technology 1
1 Medical pedigrees and the visual production of family disease in Canadian and Japanese genetic counselling practice 29
2 Science versus care: physicians, nurses and the dilemma of clinical research 57
3 Bodies of knowledge: lay and biomedical understandings of musculoskeletal disorders 79
4 The rhetoric of prediction and chance in the research to clone a disease gene 101
5 Vital comparisons: the social construction of mortality measurement 127
6 The science and politics of medicines regulation 153
7 'Strange bedfellows' in the laboratory of the NHS? An analysis of the new science of health technology assessment in the United Kingdom 183
Notes on Contributors 209
Index 211
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