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The genetic conception of health: is it as radical as claimed?


Petersen, Alan


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Abstract The so-called new genetics is widely predicted to radically transform medicine and public health and deliver considerable benefits in the future. This article argues that, although it is doubtful that many of the promised benefits of genetic research will be delivered, an increasingly pervasive genetic worldview and expectations about future genetic innovations are profoundly shaping conceptions of health and illness and priorities in healthcare. Further, it suggests that debates about the normative and justice implications of new genetic technologies thus far have been constrained by bioethics discourse, which has tended to frame questions narrowly in terms of how best to ensure the protection and promotion of the rights and freedoms of the individual. Sociologists and other social scientists can help broaden debate in this field by exposing the assumptions underlying the genetic conception of health and exploring the implications of associated developments.
Thesaurusschlagwörter public health
Klassifikation Medizinsoziologie
Freie Schlagwörter bioethics; conception of health; new genetics; personalized medicine
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2006
Seitenangabe S. 481-500
Zeitschriftentitel Health, 10 (2006) 4
Status Postprint; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)