Me Medicine vs. We Medicine: Reclaiming Biotechnology for the Common Good

New York, USA: Columbia University Press (2013)
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Even in the increasingly individualized American medical system, advocates of 'personalized medicine' claim that healthcare isn't individualized enough. With the additional glamour of new biotechnologies such as genetic testing and pharmacogenetics behind it, 'Me Medicine'-- personalized or stratified medicine-- appears to its advocates as the inevitable and desirable way of the future. Drawing on an extensive evidence base, this book examines whether these claims are justified. It goes on to examine an alternative tradition rooted in communitarian ideals, that of the common good as a goal in medicine.

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Donna Dickenson
Birkbeck, University of London


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