Medicine, health care and the wider social meaning and management of health are undergoing major changes. In part, this reflects developments in science and technology, which enable new forms of diagnosis, treatment and the delivery of health care. It also reflects changes in the locus of care and burden of responsibility for health. Today, genetics, informatics, imaging and integrative technologies, such as nanotechnology, are redefining our understanding of the body, health and disease; at the same time, health is no longer simply the domain of conventional medicine, nor the clinic. The ‘birth of the clinic’ heralded the process through which health and illness became increasingly subject to the surveillance of medicine.
Although such surveillance is more complex, sophisticated and precise as seen in the search for ‘predictive medicine’, it is also more provisional, uncertain and risk laden.
1. Introduction: ‘Where Great Need Meets Great Uncertainty’
2. Understanding Innovation and the Problem of Technology Adoption
3. A History of Deep Brain Stimulation
4. Multidisciplinary Teamwork
5. Body Work and Space
6. Managing Expectations, Aligning Futures
7. Measuring Clinical Outcomes
8. Towards Patient-Centred Platforms
Title: Rethinking the Clinical Gaze
Author: John Gardner