© 2008

Uncertainty in Medical Innovation

Experienced Pioneers in Neonatal Care


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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Jessica Mesman
    Pages 1-18
  3. Jessica Mesman
    Pages 19-45
  4. Jessica Mesman
    Pages 46-79
  5. Jessica Mesman
    Pages 80-115
  6. Jessica Mesman
    Pages 116-151
  7. Jessica Mesman
    Pages 152-178
  8. Jessica Mesman
    Pages 179-194
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 195-219

About this book


The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is a site where hi-tech medicine and vulnerable human beings come into close contact. Focusing on a number of medical and ethical challenges encountered by staff and parents, this book provides a new perspective on the complexity of these treatments and the inventiveness of those involved.


care complexity innovation medicine Moral morality research

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Maastricht UniversityThe Netherlands

About the authors

JESSICA MESMAN is Assistant Professor in the Department of Technology and Society Studies, University of Maastricht, The Netherlands. Her research interests and publications include the anthropology of knowledge and empirical ethics in critical care medicine, particularly on issues of uncertainty and resources of resilience in patient safety.

Bibliographic information


Winner of The Sociology of Health and Illness Book Prize 2009

'[T]his book is a luminous example of the ethnographic method in healthcare research, of the power of observation and the salience of situated knowledges which the approach makes visible. It is most closely and faithfully observed, offering great detail and precision, while at the same time being written in a flowing and accessible style which engages the reader, drawing us into the action.' - Maggie Mort, Dept of Sociology & Division of Medicine, Lancaster University