Theorising Personal Medical Devices

  • Steve Matthewman
Part of the Health, Technology and Society book series (HTE)


This chapter theorises Personal Medical Devices (PMDs) as technologies and as agents in the construction of self and society. PMDs are at the forefront of technological evolution, taking on biological properties. As interactive network devices, they also connect to issues pertaining to Big Data and the sensor society, including new ways of being tracked and hacked. But these new technologies also map onto old anxieties regarding what it is to be human. We have always used technologies to be competent in the world and to enhance ourselves. For this reason, it is urged that we see PMDs as prostheses.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand

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