Quantified Lives and Vital Data: Exploring Health and Technology through Personal Medical Devices

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Rebecca Lynch, Conor Farrington
Springer, Oct 5, 2017 - Social Science - 298 pages

This book raises questions about the changing relationships between technology, people and health. It examines the accelerating pace of technological development and a general shift to personalized, patient-led medicine. Such relationships are increasingly mediated through particular medical technologies, drawn together by the authors as ‘personal medical devices’ (PMDs) – devices that are attached to, worn by, interacted with, or carried by individuals for the purposes of generating biomedical data and carrying out medical interventions on the person concerned. The burgeoning PMD field is advancing rapidly across multiple domains and disciplines – so rapidly that conceptual and empirical research and thinking around PMDs, and their clinical, social and philosophical implications, often lag behind new technical developments and medical interventions. This timely and original volume explores the significant and under-researched impact of personal medical devices on contemporary understandings of health and illness. It will be a valuable read for scholars and practitioners of medicine, health, science and technology and social science.

 

Contents

People and Technology in the Context of Health
3
2 Theorising Personal Medical Devices
17
Bodies Selves and PMDs
44
SenseMaking in Consumer Genomics and Ovulation Tracking
47
The Insulin Pump as a Visual and Material Mediator Between Selves and Others
71
The Case of SelfQuantifying Technologies
97
Data Ethics Discourse and PMDs
124
Constrained and Liberated Bodies in an Artificial Pancreas Study
127
The Construction of ECigarettes as Risky Objects in Public Health Debate
179
Regulation Commercialisation and Design
201
Negotiating the Regulation and Usership of Personal Devices for Medical Care and Recreational Selfmonitoring
203
Action Subjectivity and the New Corporate Health Ethic
229
Craft and Wearable Wellbeing
251
Part V Conclusion
282
Some Concluding Remarks
283
Index
291

An Analysis of the Keepsake Ultrasound
155

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About the author (2017)

Dr Rebecca Lynch is a Research Fellow in Medical Anthropology at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK.
Dr Conor Farrington is a Research Associate at the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research, University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, UK.

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