Culture, Illness and Healing

Biomedicine Examined

Editors: Lock, Margaret, Gordon, D. (Eds.)

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The culture of contemporary medicine is the object of investigation in this book; the meanings and values implicit in biomedical knowledge and practice and the social processes through which they are produced are examined through the use of specific case studies. The essays provide examples of how various facets of 20th century medicine, including edu­ cation, research, the creation of medical knowledge, the development and application of technology, and day to day medical practice, are per­ vaded by a value system characteristic of an industrial-capitalistic view of the world in which the idea that science represents an objective and value free body of knowledge is dominant. The authors of the essays are sociologists and anthropologists (in almost equal numbers); also included are papers by a social historian and by three physicians all of whom have steeped themselves in the social sci­ ences and humanities. This co-operative endeavor, which has necessi­ tated the breaking down of disciplinary barriers to some extent, is per­ haps indicative of a larger movement in the social sciences, one in which there is a searching for a middle ground between grand theory and attempts at universal explanations on the one hand, and the context-spe­ cific empiricism and relativistic accounts characteristic of many historical and anthropological analyses on the other.

Table of contents (19 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Lock, Margaret

    Pages 3-10

  • Relationships between Society, Culture, and Biomedicine: An Introduction to the Essays

    Lock, Margaret (et al.)

    Pages 11-16

  • Tenacious Assumptions in Western Medicine

    Gordon, Deborah R.

    Pages 19-56

  • Mind and Body as Metaphors: Hidden Values in Biomedicine

    Kirmayer, Laurence J.

    Pages 57-93

  • Psyche, Soma, and Society: The Social Construction of Psychosomatic Disorders

    Helman, Cecil G.

    Pages 95-122

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Biomedicine Examined
Editors
  • Margaret Lock
  • D. Gordon
Series Title
Culture, Illness and Healing
Series Volume
13
Copyright
1988
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Kluwer Academic Publishers
eBook ISBN
978-94-009-2725-4
DOI
10.1007/978-94-009-2725-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-55608-071-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-55608-072-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 558
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