New Genetics, New Identities

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Paul Atkinson, Peter Glasner, Helen Greenslade
Taylor & Francis, Dec 15, 2006 - Medical - 196 pages
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What implications are applications of new genetic technologies in biomedicine having on social identity in today’s society?

New Genetics, New Identities, a wide-ranging multi-disciplinary volume in the CESAGen Genetics & Society Book series, presents not only theoretical reflection but also empirical case studies drawn from an international array of authors. Including the highly controversial areas of reproductive technologies and use of human embryos in biomedical research, other key features include:

  • a fresh analysis of a wide-range of social and political concerns in the development of new social identities
  • examinations of the social implications of identity formation as a result from advances in genetic technologies from a number of perspectives both locally and globally
  • resources of a wide range of social science disciplines to discuss significant sociological, anthropological, political and ethical issues.

This superb collection is an essential informative read for postgraduates and academics in the fields of sociology, anthropology and scientific technologies giving a comparative approach to complex issues surrounding the social implications of these advances in a period of rapid social change.

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About the author (2006)

Dr Paul Atkinson is a Consultant Emergency Physician with a wide experience in the practice of Emergency Medicine and Trauma Care. His primary degrees are first class honours in physiology, and honours in medicine from The Queen's University of Belfast. His postgraduate training and higher specialist training in emergency medicine was completed in Belfast, Northern Ireland; Cambridge, England and Sydney, Australia. He currently holds a full time consultant post at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge University Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; a regional trauma centre and major teaching centre. He is also an Associate Lecturer with the School of Clinical Medicine, Cambridge University. He is involved in the development of the specialty of emergency medicine at local, regional and national levels. His areas of special interest include physiological scoring in trauma and critical illness, emergency paediatrics, clinical decision rules, the use of acute assessment tools including chest pain management pathways, and emergency ultrasound in trauma and shock.

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