Quantified Lives and Vital Data

Exploring Health and Technology through Personal Medical Devices

  • Rebecca Lynch
  • Conor Farrington

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Steve Matthewman
      Pages 17-43
  3. Reconstructing the Personal: Bodies, Selves and PMDs

  4. Reconstructing the Medical: Data, Ethics, Discourse and PMDs

  5. Reconstructing the Device: Regulation, Commercialisation, and Design

  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 281-281
    2. Conor Farrington, Rebecca Lynch
      Pages 283-289
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 291-298

About this book


This book raises questions about the changing relationships between technology, people and health. It examines the accelerating pace of technological development and a general shift to personalized, patient-led medicine. Such relationships are increasingly mediated through particular medical technologies, drawn together by the authors as ‘personal medical devices’ (PMDs) – devices that are attached to, worn by, interacted with, or carried by individuals for the purposes of generating biomedical data and carrying out medical interventions on the person concerned. The burgeoning PMD field is advancing rapidly across multiple domains and disciplines – so rapidly that conceptual and empirical research and thinking around PMDs, and their clinical, social and philosophical implications, often lag behind new technical developments and medical interventions. This timely and original volume explores the significant and under-researched impact of personal medical devices on contemporary understandings of health and illness. It will be a valuable read for scholars and practitioners of medicine, health, science and technology and social science. 


STS Health Medical Sociology Personal Medical Devices Illness Big Data

Editors and affiliations

  • Rebecca Lynch
    • 1
  • Conor Farrington
    • 2
  1. 1.London School of Hygiene and Tropical MedicineLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.School of Clinical MedicineUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-95234-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-95235-9
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
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