Biomedical Odysseys: Fetal Cell Experiments from Cyberspace by Priscilla Song

By Priscilla Song

Thousands of individuals from greater than 80 nations have traveled to China considering 2001 to endure fetal telephone transplantation. Galvanized through the possibility of stem and fetal cells to regenerate broken neurons and repair misplaced physically features, humans grappling with paralysis and neurodegenerative issues have missed the warnings of medical professionals and scientists again domestic as a way to stake their futures on a chinese language scan. Biomedical Odysseys looks at why and the way those members have entrusted their lives to chinese language neurosurgeons working at the vanguard of experimental medication, in a global the place applied sciences and dangers stream swifter than legislation can retain speed. Priscilla tune indicates how state of the art medication isn't just concerning the most modern advances in biomedical technological know-how but in addition encompasses adjustments in on-line sufferer activism, surgical intervention, and borderline experiments in health and wellbeing care bureaucracy.

Bringing jointly a decade of ethnographic learn in medical institution wards, laboratories, and on-line sufferer dialogue boards, music opens up vital theoretical and methodological horizons within the anthropology of technology, know-how, and drugs. She illuminates how poignant trips looking for fetal phone treatments turn into tangled in complicated webs of electronic mediation, the entrepreneurial logics of postsocialist medication, and fraught debates in regards to the ethics of medical experimentation.

Using cutting edge tips on how to song the border-crossing quests of chinese language clinicians and their sufferers from world wide, Biomedical Odysseys is the 1st ebook to map the transnational lifetime of fetal cellphone therapies.

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