Description - Innovations in Health and Medicine by Jenny Stanton
This volume brings together cutting edge research by historians from Britain, Germany, France, the US, Japan and New Zealand. Innovative in its approach to innovation, it focuses on diffusion and resistance, and organization as well as technology. The collection features issues such as control and compliance, professional power and economic constraint, cultural divides, 'configured users' and ingenuity. The introductory essay relates the collection to history and sociology of innovation and technology, asking 'what is distinctive about medicine and health?' The book brings comparative perspectives to bear in three ways: * Micro-studies look at close neighbours using ultrasound scanners in Scotland and chronic disease clinics in Manchester Cross-national studies show how innovations fared as they migrated: western nursing in Japan, eastern acupunctures in the UK, and Swiss bone surgery in the old East Germany and the US * Reinnovation includes new media representation of medicine, and an alternative form of kidney dialysis in the UK, reinvention of the midwife in New Zealand, and living donor transplants in France.
Explorations of recent cases, along with deeper probing of the past century, call into question how the past relates to the future. Health policy makers and analysts, practitioners, users and historians will find the editor's claims for the uses of history provocative. With its emphasis on clarity of writing, its mix of empirical details and analysis, and its rich bibliography, this volume offers rewards to academic and health service readers alike.
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(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
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