The Risks of Medical Innovation: Risk Perception and Assessment in Historical Context

1st Edition

Thomas Schlich, Ulrich Tröhler

Routledge
Published February 9, 2015
Reference - 304 Pages
ISBN 9781138867949 - CAT# Y178661

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Summary

The risks involved in introducing new drugs and devices are amongst the most discussed issues of modern medicine.

Presenting a new way of thinking about these issues, this volume considers risk and medical innovation from a social historical perspective, and studies specific cases of medical innovation, including X-rays, the pill and Thalidomide, in their respective contexts.

International cases are examined through the lens of a particular set of shared questions - highlighting differences, similarities, continuities and changes, and offering a historical sociology of risk. Particularly important is the re-conceptualization of dangers in terms of risk - a numerical and probabilistic approach allowing for seemingly objective and value-neutral decisions.

Read together, these papers add to our understanding of the current debate about risk and safety by providing a comparative background to the discussion, as well as a set of generally applicable criteria for analyzing and evaluating the contemporary issues surrounding medical innovation.

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