Reinventing diabetes: classification, division and the geneticization of disease

Hedgecoe, Adam (2002) Reinventing diabetes: classification, division and the geneticization of disease. New Genetics and Society, 21 (1). pp. 7-27. ISSN 14636778

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Abstract

This paper shows how diabetes underwent geneticization to become the exemplar of a complex genetic disorder. My analysis focuses on the debates that took place in the mid-to-late-1970s over the classification of, and the role of genetic factors in, diabetes. By exploring the work of an influential researcher and clinician, Andrew Cudworth, I show how the discourse around diabetes constructed it as a genetic condition divided into different types on the grounds of aetiology. I then track this classification over time as it became the current, extremely splintered classification system.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:17
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2012 13:43
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/25154
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