New volume: “Humans and Devices in Medical Contexts” edited by Susanne Brucksch and Kaori Sasaki

Former mini-conference participant Susanne Brucksch, principal researcher at the German Institute for Japanese Studies, has recently published an edited volume Humans and Devices in Medical Contexts: Case Studies from Japan with co-editor Kaori Sasaki through Palgrave MacMillan’s Health, Technology, and Society book series.

The volume includes 12 chapters from 14 different contributors, touching on topics such as “Experiences with Radiation”, “Patient Safety, End-of-life and High-tech medicine”, “Innovation and Diffusion of Medical Devices”, and “Engineering and Evaluating Medical Technology”.

A description of the book can be found from the publishers:

This book explores the ways in which socio-technical settings in medical contexts find varying articulations in a specific locale. Focusing on Japan, it consists of nine case studies on topics concerning: experiences with radiation in Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Fukushima; patient security, end-of-life and high-tech medicine in hospitals; innovation and diffusion of medical technology; and the engineering and evaluating of novel devices in clinical trials. The individual chapters situate humans and devices in medical settings in their given semantic, pragmatic, institutional and historical context. A highly interdisciplinary approach offers deep insights beyond the manifold findings of each case study, thereby enriching academic discussions on socio-technical settings in medical contexts amongst affiliated disciplines. This volume will be of broad interest to scholars, practitioners, policy makers and students from various disciplines, including Science and Technology Studies (STS), medical humanities, social sciences, ethics and law, business and innovation studies, as well as biomedical engineering, medicine and public health.

More about the book can be found here.

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