Expansion and uncertainty: cystic fibrosis, classification and genetics

Hedgecoe, Adam (2003) Expansion and uncertainty: cystic fibrosis, classification and genetics. Sociology of Health and Illness, 25 (1). pp. 50-70. ISSN 0141-9889

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Abstract

This paper presents an empirical examination of geneticization, the process where genetic explanations gain ascendancy in medical and social discourse. By focusing on Cystic Fibrosis (CF), this study shows how genetic explanations play a role in the reclassification of Cystic Fibrosis. One result of this geneticization is a nosological expansion, where the boundaries of the disease expand to include a certain form of male infertility. In addition this paper highlights the uncertainty in the CF classification system that results from the use of genetic explanations

Item Type: Article
Keywords: genetics, ethics, cystic fibrosis
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Depositing User: Chris Keene
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2012 09:11
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/1316
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