Conclusion: Making and Creating Choices

  • Evelleen Richards

Abstract

We cannot refine the politics out of medicine. We are not faced with a choice between medicine or politics, but with the inescapable reality of medicine as politics. By this I do not mean that we can simply reduce medicine to politics, to arbitrary power as opposed to rational knowledge. Rather, I mean, as this study has made manifest, that medical rationality is a framework of thought and action interpenetrated by professional and socioeconomic interests and values. My intention is to expose the artificial and unrealistic separation of medical knowledge from its political context, from the social distribution of power.

Keywords

Toxicity Insurance Coverage Marketing Assure Interferon 

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© Evelleen Richards 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Evelleen Richards
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  1. 1.Science and Technology Studies DeptUniversity of WollongongAustralia

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