Rethinking the Clinical Gaze

Patient-centred Innovation in Paediatric Neurology

  • John Gardner

Part of the Health, Technology and Society book series (HTE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. John Gardner
    Pages 57-81
  3. John Gardner
    Pages 83-121
  4. John Gardner
    Pages 123-144
  5. John Gardner
    Pages 145-167
  6. John Gardner
    Pages 169-192
  7. John Gardner
    Pages 193-214
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 215-250

About this book


This book draws on medical sociology and science and technology studies to develop a novel conceptual framework for understanding innovation processes, using the case study of deep brain stimulation in paediatric neurology. It addresses key questions, including:  How are promising and potentially disruptive new health technologies integrated into busy resource-constrained clinical contexts? What activities are involved in establishing a new clinical service?  How do social and cultural forces shape these services, and importantly, how are understandings of ‘health’ and ‘illness’ reconfigured in the process? The book explores how the ideals of patient-centred medicine influence innovation in the clinic, and it introduces the concept of patient-centred proto-platforms. It argues that patient-centred innovation can constitute an expansion of medical power, as the clinical gaze is directed not only towards the body but also towards the patient as a social being. This will be an innovative and insightful read for academics and advanced students, as well as health service researchers with an interest in technology adoption processes.


STS Paediatric Neurology Medical Practice Clinicians Neurotechnology Innovation Studies Medical Innovation Dystonia Deep Brain Stimulation

Authors and affiliations

  • John Gardner
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Social SciencesMonash UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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