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Diseases and Diagnoses: The Second Age of Biology Sander L. Gilman

Diseases and Diagnoses: The Second Age of Biology

Sander L. Gilman

Published December 31st 2011
ISBN : 9781412815307
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237 pages
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If the twentieth century was the age of physics, in the latter part of the past century and certainly in the twenty-first century biological concerns are recapturing central stage. Achievements of the biological sciences are changing the publicsMoreIf the twentieth century was the age of physics, in the latter part of the past century and certainly in the twenty-first century biological concerns are recapturing central stage. Achievements of the biological sciences are changing the publics sense of what constitutes cutting-edge science and medicine. None has captured the public imagination more effectively than the mapping of the human genome and the promise of genetic manipulation, which fuel what Gilman calls a second age of biology. Although not without controversy, the role of genetics appears to be key. In this fascinating volume, Gilman looks at historical and contemporary debates about the stigma associated with biologically transmitted diseases. Gilman puts contemporary debates in historical context, showing how they feed social and cultural concerns as well as medical possibilities.