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Biomedical Platforms By Peter Keating (University Du Quebec A Montreal)

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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.

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Biomedical Platforms: Realigning the Normal and the Pathological in Late-twentieth-century Medicine by Peter Keating (University Du Quebec A Montreal)

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 biomedical platform known as immunophenotyping. They describe its emergence as an experimental system with roots in biology (immunology) and pathology (oncology). They recount how this experimental system was transformed into a biomedical platform initially for the diagnosis of leukemia and subsequently for other diseases such as AIDS. Through this case study, they show that a biomedical platform is the bench upon which conventions concerning the biological or normal are connected with conventions concerning the medical or pathological. They observe that new platforms are often aligned with existing ones and integrated into an expanding set of clinical-biological strategies.

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"A theoretically well-informed and richly circumstantial analysis of the ever-changing and intersecting technologies, careers, institutional and regulatory mechanisms, biological understandings, and clinical exigencies that constitute what we have come to call biomedicine. A powerful and significant contribution to our understanding of the complex and mutually constitutive worlds of biology and pathology, 'science' and 'technology.'"--Charles Rosenberg, Ernest Monrad Professor of the Social Sciences, Department of the History of Science, Harvard University "A meticulously documented and theoretically sophisticated work." Stephen Hilgartner, Cornell University "A meticulously documented and theoretically sophisticated work." Stephen Hilgartner , Cornell University "A meticulously documented and theoretically sophisticated work."--Stephen Hilgartner, Cornell University "Conceptually, the work is highly innovative. It is an original contribution to the longstanding debate about the relation between the laboratory and the clinic, and I predict that it will have a major impact on future studies on the history, epistemology and social studies of biomedicine."--Hans-Jorg Rheinberger, Director, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin

About Peter Keating (University Du Quebec A Montreal)


Peter Keating is Professor of History at the University of Quebec at Montreal. Alberto Cambrosio is Associate Professor of Social Studies of Medicine at McGill University.

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GOR010864710
Biomedical Platforms: Realigning the Normal and the Pathological in Late-twentieth-century Medicine by Peter Keating (University Du Quebec A Montreal)
Peter Keating (University Du Quebec A Montreal)
Inside Technology
Used - Very Good
Hardback
MIT Press Ltd
2003-09-19
560
0262112760
9780262112765
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