Bordering Biomedicine


Biomedicine is the dominant organizing framework of modern medicine but it is not the only lens through which health, illness and disease can be understood. This interdisciplinary collection of essays brings together scholars from around the world who seek to probe the boundaries of biomedicine. This book is the outcome of the third global conference on Making Sense of: Health, Illness and Disease, held at St Catherine's College, Oxford, in July 2004. The papers selected for this volume take a variety of theoretical positions but share an interest in the social study of health, illness and disease. They consider how biomedicine is a cultural system and is imbued with other meanings and that a full exploration of health, illness and disease requires a variety of perspectives, including those of social scientists, humanists and practicing clinicians.
This volume will be of interest to students, researchers and health care providers who wish to gain insight into the many ways through which we can understand health, illness and disease.

It has been brought to our attention that in a chapter in this volume
“The Communication of Diagnostic Information by Doctors to Patients in the Consultation” By Peter J. Schulz
direct reference and citation of the works of other scholars is often inconsistent and in some cases totally lacking. While we do not believe that it was the intention of the author of the article to misappropriate other persons’ material, we do admit that the chapter does not meet standards currently expected of an academic publication. We regret any misappropriation of another author's language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions in our publications and will remain vigilant to prevent this recurring in the future. We give notice that the chapter has been retracted and will not appear in any future editions of the book.

Brill, January 2016

Table of contents

Vera KALITZKUS and Peter L. TWOHIG: Introduction Part 1 Humanist, Social Science and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Health, Illness and Disease Peter L. TWOHIG: The Musician, the Diarist and the Construction Worker: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Health, Illness and Disease Tomasz ŚPIEWAK: Stanislaw Wyspiański (1869-1907): The Last Self-Portrait of the Syphilitic Artist Part 2 The Epistemology of Biomedicine James DAVIES: The Anthropology of Aetiology Matthew MCGRATTAN: The Social Construction of Disease: Why Homosexuality isn't Like Cancer Katherine ANGEL: Green Fingers or Pink Viagra? Female Sexual Dysfunction and Medicalisation in Contemporary Medical Discourse Peter J. SCHULZ: The Communication of Diagnostic Information by Doctors to Patients in the Consultation Part 3 Biomedicine in a Socio-Cultural Context Betania ALLEN: Subaltern Theories of Health and Illness: An Ethnographic Study of Mexican Women With HIV Disease BINDHULAKSHMI: When the Diagnosed Talk: Ethnographic Narratives of Mental Illness Aaron GOODFELLOW: Critical Excess: Sex, Drugs, Intervention Emma RICH, Hannele HARJUNEN and John EVANS: 'Normal Gone Bad': Health Discourses, Schools and the Female Body Part 4 Beyond Biomedicine: Ethics, Experience, Voice Philippa SPOEL: Midwifery, Consumerism and the Ethics of Informed Choice Stephen Michael NEFF: Towards a Concept of Hope: A Functional Reconceptualization Ian TUCKER: Embodied Practices and Subjectivity in Psychopathology Kath MACDONALD: Getting By: The Lived Experience of Patients with Cystic Fibrosis and their Carers of Waiting for Lung Transplant Judith MACDONALD: Speaking About the Unspeakable: Cervical Screening in New Zealand