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Medical Technology into Healthcare and Society

A Sociology of Devices, Innovation and Governance


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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Alex Faulkner
    Pages 13-26
  3. Alex Faulkner
    Pages 27-41
  4. Mara Clécia, Dantas Souza
    Pages 100-130
  5. Alex Faulkner
    Pages 131-158
  6. Alex Faulkner
    Pages 188-209
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 210-238

About this book


From bandage to the bioreactor, this book looks at five different device technologies from inception to healthcare practice, drawing on medical sociology, science and technology studies and political science. It examines 'evidence', regulation and governance processes, and diverse stakeholders in innovating the technologies that shape health care.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Cardiff UniversityUK

About the authors

ALEX FAULKNER is Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Society, Health and Ethics, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, UK.

Bibliographic information


“The book represents informative reading for the STS scholars interested in knowledge claims and expertise, and of course those interested in the life-course of medical devices, particularly on a meso or macro level. … Further, this work would surely help to paint a more complete picture of the medical innovation process that would be valuable to regulators and policy makers in this area, and even designers of health devices.” (Conor M. W. Douglas, Science Studies, Issue 1, 2012)

'Faulkner has...given us a broad-ranging scholarly analysis of a topic that will never cease to fascinate and challenge modern societies...[the] book brings a significant contribution to the current literature on health technology and society' - Sociology of Health and Illness