The politics of personalised medicine: pharmacogenetics in the clinic

Hedgecoe, Adam (2004) The politics of personalised medicine: pharmacogenetics in the clinic. Cambridge Studies in Society and the Life Sciences . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9780521841771

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Abstract

Pharmacogenetics, the use of genetic testing to prescribe and develop drugs, has been hailed as a revolutionary development for the pharmaceutical industry and modern medicine. Supporters of 'personalised medicine' claim the result will be safer, cheaper, more effective drugs, and their arguments are beginning to influence policy debates. Based on interviews with clinicians, researchers, regulators and company representatives, this book explores the impact of pharmacogenetics on clinical practice, following two cases of personalised medicine as they make their way from the laboratory to the clinic. It highlights the significant differences between the views of supporters of pharmacogenetics in industry and those who use the technology at the clinical 'coal face'. Theoretically, this work builds on the developing area of the sociology of socio-technical expectations, highlighting the way in which promoters of new technologies build expectations around it, through citation and the creation of technological visions.

Item Type: Book
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:07
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2012 15:33
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/19303
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