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By Priscilla Song

Thousands of individuals from greater than 80 nations have traveled to China in view that 2001 to suffer fetal telephone transplantation. Galvanized by way of the potential for stem and fetal cells to regenerate broken neurons and fix misplaced physically capabilities, humans grappling with paralysis and neurodegenerative problems have missed the warnings of medical professionals and scientists again domestic that allows you to stake their futures on a chinese language scan. Biomedical Odysseys looks at why and the way those contributors have entrusted their lives to chinese language neurosurgeons working at the vanguard of experimental medication, in an international the place applied sciences and hazards flow quicker than legislation can preserve velocity. Priscilla music exhibits how state of the art drugs is not only in regards to the most modern advances in biomedical technological know-how but in addition encompasses changes in on-line sufferer activism, surgical intervention, and borderline experiments in well-being care bureaucracy.

Bringing jointly a decade of ethnographic study in medical institution wards, laboratories, and on-line sufferer dialogue boards, tune opens up very important theoretical and methodological horizons within the anthropology of technology, expertise, and medication. She illuminates how poignant trips looking for fetal mobile therapies develop into tangled in complicated webs of electronic mediation, the entrepreneurial logics of postsocialist drugs, and fraught debates in regards to the ethics of medical experimentation.

Using cutting edge tips on how to song the border-crossing quests of chinese language clinicians and their sufferers from all over the world, Biomedical Odysseys is the 1st e-book to map the transnational lifetime of fetal phone therapies.

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