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Bone of Contention: Exploring the Social and Ethical Implications of a Mundane Transplant Technology – A talk by Klaus Høyer, February 4, 2010

New medical technologies to a great extent use material from human bodies as therapeutic tools. Whereas social science studies of such ‘tools’ have tended to focus on novelty and drama, this presentation concerns an old, well-entrenched and ostensibly undramatic technology: bone transfers. Professor Høyer will explore the social and ethical implications of an ostensible technical procedure as it unfolds in a specific biopolitical context. He claims that underneath the surface of a well-entrenched transplant practice, a series of hidden dramas lingers on; and in the format of technical guidelines many important social, political, economic and ethical choices are made. Prof. Høyer is in the department of Health Services Research at the University of Copenhagen. He will be in residence at the IAS during the spring semester with the Health and Society Quadrant.

This talk is also available as an audio download (.mp3 – 47.3 MB).

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