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Worse Than the Disease Pitfalls of Medical Progress

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ISBN-10: 0521395577

ISBN-13: 9780521395571

Edition: N/A

Authors: Diana B. Dutton, Thomas A. Preston, Nancy E. Pfund

List price: $56.99
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This book examines four medical innovations that epitomize the pitfalls of progress: DES, a synthetic estrogen prescribed to millions of women to prevent miscarriages, which produced devastating side effects; the artificial heart; the 1976 swine flu immunization program; and genetic engineering. Dutton and the contributors trace the human choices that govern medical and scientific innovation and explore the political, economic, and social factors that influence those choices. In the process, they reveal a deep gulf between the priorities of medical innovation and the concerns of the general public. They then propose concrete policy changes to help bridge that gulf.
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Book details

List price: $56.99
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/29/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 548
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
List of abbreviations
Overview
Introduction
Where are we and how did we get there?
Four Case Studies
DES and the elusive goal of drug safety
The artificial heart Thomas A. Preston
The swine flu immunization program
Genetic engineering: science and social responsibility Diana B. Dutton and Nancy E. Pfund
Lessons, Questions and Challenges
Risks and rights
Compensating the injuries of medical innovation
What is fair? Medical innovation and justice
The role of the public
What is possible? towards medical progress in the public interest
Notes
Index