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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.

Reproduction and Assisted Reproductive Technologies
Reproduction and assisted reproductive technologies
Introduction

During this century the world has become rapidly more technological. Technology is generally viewed as a positive and vital force in our lives, allowing us to become more developed as a society and live a higher quality of life. Nowhere is this view more apparent than in the field of health and medicine. Rapid advances in medical knowledge and technology call into question commonly held and accepted beliefs concerning the body, illness, and disease. This is especially true in the area of reproductive technology, where advances over the past decades have changed the biological and social meaning of reproduction. Fertility and infertility have moved into the realm of the controllable, raising questions of rights, responsibility, and ...

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