In recent times, the phrase ’personalised medicine’ has become the symbol of medical progress and a label for better health care in the future. However, a controversial debate has developed around whether these promises of better, more personal and more cost-efficient medicine are realistic. This book brings together leading researchers from across Europe and North America, from both normative and empirical disciplines, who take a more critical view of the often encountered hype associated with personalised medicine. Partially drawing on a four year collaborative research project funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research, the book presents a multidisciplinary debate on the current state of research on the ethical, legal and social implications of personalised medicine. At a time when future health care is a topic of much discussion, this book provides valuable policy recommendations for the way forward. This study will be of interest to researchers from various disciplines including philosophy, bioethics, law and social sciences.
’This volume is a landmark for demythologising the buzzword personalised medicine�, critically differentiating between hype and false hopes on the one hand and realistic approaches and outlooks on the other. By comprehensively comprising a wide range of excellent normative and empirical studies, it empowers anyone interested in better understanding the presuppositions and consequences of the term personalised medicine� to form a well-informed judgement on one of the most augured ideas in cutting-edge medicine.’ Peter Dabrock, University of Erlangen, Germany, and Vice Chair of the German Ethics Council and member of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE) 'The concept personalised medicine� has become a buzz word in contemporary medicine. However, it is not at all clear what the concept entails. The suggestion is that treatment will be adapted to the individual patient. Yet, the basis is not knowledge of the individual patient, but statistical analysis of characteristics of patient groups. Moreover, individual patient wishes and preferences may become less relevant, if treatment options are seen in terms of chances of patient groups. This book contains critical discussions of the concept of personalised medicine�, both from an empirical and a normative perspective. It provides a timely and needed contribution to the debate.' Guy Widdershoven, VU University Medical Center, Netherlands ’Gathering together a broad range of academics working in this important area, this book considers comprehensively the conceptual, ethical and practical issues associated with the ethics of personalised medicine. The editors are to be congratulated on this volume and for the way in which it carefully reflects on the issues involved in personalised medicine and its application in practice.’ Mark Sheehan, University of Oxford, UK