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Biomedical Platforms
Author: Peter Keating

ISBN: 9780262612159
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 560
Published: 17 August 2006
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.5
Description:
Winner of the 2005 Ludwik Fleck Prize presented by the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S). Since the end of World War II, biology and medicine have merged in remarkably productive ways. In this book Peter Keating and Alberto Cambrosio analyze the transformation of medicine into biomedicine and its consequences, ranging from the recasting of hospital architecture to the redefinition of the human body, disease, and therapeutic practices. To describe this new alignment between the normal and the pathological, the authors introduce the notion of the biomedical platform. Defined as a specific configuration of instruments, individuals, and programs, biomedical platforms generate routines, entities, and activities, held together by standard reagents and protocols. Biological entities such as cell surface markers, oncogenes, and DNA profiles now exist as both normal biological components of the organism and as pathological signs--that is, as biomedical substances. The notion of a biomedical platform allows researchers interested in the development of contemporary medicine to describe events and processes overlooked by other approaches. The authors focus on a specific biomed...

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