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This is the first international and inter-disciplinary social science Handbook on health and medicine. Five years in the making, and building on the insights and advice of an international editorial board, the book brings together world-class figures to provide an indispensable, comprehensive resource book on social science, health and medicine. Pinpointing the focal issues of research and debate in one volume, the material is organized into three sections: social and cultural frameworks of analysis; the experience of health and illness; and health care systems and practices. Each section consists of specially commissioned chapters designed to examine the vital conceptual and methodological practice and policy issues.

The Social Context of the New Genetics
The social context of the new genetics

Developments in human genetics, especially when related to health and disease, are discussed and debated in a range of contexts – in the media, in policy arenas, and through various forms of public debate. A range of professional and lay groups are involved in such discussions, including scientists, clinicians, bio-ethicists, social scientists, patient and interest groups, and industry. This suggests that the knowledge and applications arising from genetic research are expected to have considerable impact on our social institutions as well as on individuals themselves, and thus should be openly debated. Concerns are profound, for genetic research will influence the way in which we define, prevent, and treat disease, organize health and ...

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