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On the relevance of the “genetics-based” approach to medicine for sociological perspectives on medical specialization

Leeming, William (2008) On the relevance of the “genetics-based” approach to medicine for sociological perspectives on medical specialization. Canadian Review of Sociology/Revue canadienne de sociologie, 44 (2). pp. 151-173. ISSN 17556171

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Abstract

This paper draws on a study on the development of medical genetics as a medical specialism in the UK and Canada to reflect on how local and national contexts affect specialty formation. The paper begins by supporting earlier findings in the literature that stress, first, technological innovations as driving specialty formation, and, second, the domination of physicians in the division of medical labour. Beyond this, however, the paper explores the specific circumstances under which geneticists set about turning their work into a medical specialism based on a “genetics-based approach” to illness and how “medical genetics” as a specialism was assessed and configured to fit national and regional health service requirements.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Date Deposited: 25 May 2016 13:43
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2017 19:27
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/873

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