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By Donna Dickenson

ISBN-10: 0231534418

ISBN-13: 9780231534413

Customized healthcare--or what the award-winning writer Donna Dickenson calls "Me Medicine"--is notably reworking our longstanding "one-size-fits-all" version. applied sciences akin to direct-to-consumer genetic checking out, pharmacogenetically constructed treatments in melanoma care, inner most umbilical wire blood banking, and neurocognitive enhancement declare to cater to an individual's particular organic personality, and, every now and then, those applied sciences have proven robust strength. but in others they've got produced negligible or maybe destructive effects. no matter what is in the back of the increase of Me drugs, it isn't simply technological know-how. So why is Me drugs speedily edging out We drugs, and the way has our dedication to our collective healthiness suffered as a result?

In her cogent, provocative research, Dickenson examines the commercial and political components fueling the Me medication phenomenon and explores how, over the years, this paradigm shift in how we procedure our wellbeing and fitness could harm our person and collective health and wellbeing. traditionally, the measures of "We Medicine," resembling vaccination and funding in public-health infrastructure, have notably prolonged our lifestyles spans, and Dickenson argues we've overpassed that fact in our enthusiasm for "Me Medicine."

Dickenson explores how custom-made medication illustrates capitalism's protean potential for developing new items and markets the place none existed before--and how this, instead of medical plausibility, is going far towards explaining inner most umbilical wire blood banks and retail genetics. Drawing at the most recent findings from major scientists, social scientists, and political analysts, she significantly examines 4 attainable hypotheses using our Me medication second: a becoming feel of danger; a wave of sufferer narcissism; company pursuits riding new area of interest markets; and the dominance of non-public selection as a cultural price. She concludes with insights from political idea that emphasize a perception of the commons and the stairs we will take to revive its worth to fashionable biotechnology.

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Pateman’s crucial insight was that liberal contractarian theory is blind to the way in which the “original position,” from which the state is constructed by voluntary contract, is not really “original” at all. It must be preceded by another sort of compact, in which male domination over women has been established through the mechanism of the patriarchal family, since those establishing the contract in the “state of nature” are generally assumed to be men. Mills builds on this insight to demonstrate how even after the abolition of slavery, people of color likewise continue to be subordinated and oppressed through the mechanism of a supposedly consensual contract in liberal democracy: the consent of the governed.

In January 2010, a company called Counsyl began offering a $349 saliva sample test to identify alleles for common but serious hereditary illnesses such as cystic fibrosis and sickle-cell disease. For those and other recessive genetic conditions, prospective parents can be carriers without manifesting the disease themselves. Having yourself tested seems quite a responsible thing to do before you start a family—intrinsically recognizing “We”-ness with your potential child. So is it anything more than trivially symbolic that retail genetics uses the language of “I, me, and mine” so readily?

Two years later, there were a dozen private companies advertising genetic susceptibility testing for individuals to purchase via the Internet, but very little progress had been made in tracking the genetic causes of the most widespread forms of illness.  This study typifies the position for common illnesses caused by many genes—but not by genes alone. Unfortunately, those common diseases are the biggest killers. There’s been a great deal of discussion about why the Human Genome Project seems not to have fulfilled its scientific promise.

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