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Technology, health and the patient consumer in the twentieth century

Edited by Rachel Elder and Thomas Schlich

Technology, health and the patient consumer in the twentieth century
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  • ISBN: 9781526171146
  • Publish Date: Jan 2025
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    Technology and consumerism are two characteristic phenomena in the history medicine and healthcare, yet the connections between them are rarely explored by scholars. In this edited volume, the authors address this disconnect, noting the ways in which a variety of technologies have shaped patients' roles as consumers since the early twentieth century. Chapters examine key issues, such as the changing nature of patient information and choice, patients' assessment of risk and reward, and matters of patient role and of patient demand as they relate to new and changing technologies. They simultaneously investigate how differences in access to care and in outcomes across various patient groups have been influenced by the advent of new technologies and consumer-based approaches to health. The volume spans the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, spotlights an array of medical technologies and health products, and draws on examples from across the United States and United Kingdom.

    Contents

    Introduction: Technology and health in the age of the patient consumer
    - Thomas Schlich and Rachel Elder

    Part I: New technologies and patient markets
    1 Dental x-rays and the imagined patient
    - Vivien Hamilton
    2 Chronic neglect: Race, dialysis, and vulnerable patienthood
    - Richard M. Mizelle Jr.
    3 Patients, 'consumer sovereignty', and technological change: the adoption of minimally invasive surgery
    - Cynthia L. Tang

    Part II: Informed patients and patient information
    4 Tampons, technology, and toxic shock syndrome: From consumer to patient to informant
    - Sharra Vostral
    5 Just stories: Side effects and the patient voice online
    - Antoine Lentacker

    Part III: Co-opting disease, promoting prevention and healing
    6 Sunbeds, dihydroxyacetone (DHA) fake tan and MelanoTan injections: A history of 'safe' tanning technologies
    - Fabiola Creed
    7 Against 'prevention pills': North American breast cancer activists and chemoprevention
    - Grazia De Michele
    8 'Mental health is not fashion': RIP shirts, stigma, and consumerism
    - Christopher M. Rudeen

    Editors

    Rachel Elder is Research Associate in the Department of Social Studies of Medicine at McGill University
    Thomas Schlich is James McGill Professor in the History of Medicine and Department Chair of the Department of Social Studies of Medicine at McGill University

    Technology, health and the patient consumer in the twentieth century

    Edited by Rachel Elder, Thomas Schlich

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