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Between Knowledge and Practice:On Medical Professionals, Patients, and the Making of the Genetics of Cancer.

Palladino, Paolo (2002) Between Knowledge and Practice:On Medical Professionals, Patients, and the Making of the Genetics of Cancer. Social Studies of Science, 32 (1). pp. 137-165. ISSN 0306-3127

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    Abstract

    In this paper, I examine the historical development of a clinical test for `familial adenomatous polyposis' (FAP), an inherited condition which often leads to cancer of the colon. By paying attention to continuities and changes, especially in the engagement between those medical professionals and patients involved in the development of this test, I reconsider the relationship between knowledge and practice, with an eye to Michel Foucault's and Paul Rabinow's competing notions of `bio-power' and `biosociality'. I conclude by offering some speculative suggestions for further avenues of inquiry into the constitution of the `subject'.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Social Studies of Science
    Additional Information: Pre-publication draft. The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Social Studies of Science, 32 (1), 2002, © SAGE Publications Ltd, 2002 by SAGE Publications Ltd at the Social Studies of Science page: http://sss.sagepub.com/ on SAGE Journals Online: http://online.sagepub.com/
    Uncontrolled Keywords: bio-power • biosociality • eventalization • familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) • history • Michel Foucault • Paul Rabinow
    Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > History
    ID Code: 618
    Deposited By: Dr Paolo Palladino
    Deposited On: 17 Aug 2007
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 18:14
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/618

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