By Keith Wailoo
In Drawing Blood, medical historian Keith Wailoo makes use of the tale of blood ailments to provide an explanation for how physicians during this century wielded scientific know-how to outline ailment, carve out clinical specialties, and form political agendas. As Wailoo's account makes transparent, the possible effortless strategy of selecting sickness is normally stimulated through own, expert, and social factors―and hence produces not just readability and precision but additionally bias and outright mistakes.
Drawing Blood reveals the ways that physicians and sufferers in addition to the ailments themselves are concurrently shaping and being formed by way of know-how, clinical professionalization, and society at huge. This thought-provoking cultural historical past of illness, drugs, and expertise bargains a massive viewpoint for present discussions of HIV and AIDS, genetic blood trying out, prostate-specific antigen, and different very important concerns in an age of technological medicine.
"Makes transparent that the excessive stakes concerned with clinical expertise aren't simply monetary, yet ethical and much attaining. they've been harnessed to explain medical phenomena and to mirror social and cultural realities that effect not just clinical remedy yet self-identity, energy, and authority."―Susan E. Lederer, H-Net Humanities & Social Sciences On Line
"Wailoo's masterful learn of hematology and its disorder discourse is a version of interdisciplinarity, combining cultural research, social heritage, and the historical past of scientific principles and know-how to provide a fancy narrative of ailment definition, analysis, and treatment... He reminds us that scientific know-how is a impartial artifact of historical past. it may be, and has been, used to elucidate and to cloud the certainty of ailment, and it has the capability either to constrain and to emancipate its subjects."―Regina Morantz-Sanchez, Journal of Interdisciplinary History
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