Review of: An Anthropology of Biomedicine

Bunn, C. (2011) Review of: An Anthropology of Biomedicine. Sociology of Health and Illness, 33(5), pp. 817-818. (doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9566.2011.01374.x)[Book Review]

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Margaret Lock and Vinh-Kim Nguyen’s collaboration distils a scholarly anthropological account of global biomedicine from a pool of ethnographies, histories and social theories. The reader is offered narratives of the origins of biomedical science, the plurality of human biologies, the birth of population-focussed medicine, the experimental basis of biomedical claims, the ‘social life of organs’, the changing nature of reproduction and the explosion of genecentred discourse, to name but a few. In 520 pages, the authors achieve a thought-provoking synthesis of three centuries of thought, practice and conjecture.

Item Type:Book Reviews
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bunn, Dr Christopher
Authors: Bunn, C.
Subjects:G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > Social Scientists working in Health and Wellbeing
College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences
Journal Name:Sociology of Health and Illness
Published Online:20 July 2011

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