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Dangerous Diagnostics : Social Power of Biological Information - Dorothy Nelkin

Dangerous Diagnostics

Social Power of Biological Information

Paperback Published: 1st March 1994
ISBN: 9780226571294
Number Of Pages: 232

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Dangerous Diagnostics is a powerful study of the pervasiveness of diagnostic testing and the potential it offers institutions to classify, categorize, and ultimately control individuals. Nelkin and Tancredi explore the ethical, social, and legal implications of cutting-edge technologies that can lead to new forms of discrimination in the name of standardized, objective measurements. They caution against the creation of an underclass deemed unemployable, untrainable, or uninsurable by such diagnostic tests.

Preface to the 1994 Edition
Preface
The New Diagnostics The Cultural Appeal of Testing Metaphors of the Body and Mind Institutional Uses of Tests
Defining Diagnosis The Uses of Diagnosis Research Developments and Diagnostic Trends Commercial Development
Interpreting Tests Interpretive Assumptions Reliability of Tests Beyond the Clinical Context
Diagnosis in the Health Care System Pressures on the Health Care Delivery System The Changing Structure of Health Care Delivery Litigation Existing Strategies to Meet Institutional Needs Restricting Access Efficiency Techniques: Algorithms Using Consulting Psychiatrists The Use of New Diagnostic Technologies Genetic Testing and Counseling Psychiatric Evaluations and the Definition of "Normal Behavior" Patient Profiling and the Use of Tests for Economic Testing The Growth of Medical Control
Testing in the Workplace: Predicting Performance and Health Pressures on the Firm The Company as Insurer Strategies Placing Responsibility on the Worker Empowering Corporate Medical Services Predicting Proneness to Disease Excluding People from Work New Biological Testing Techniques Chromosomal Monitoring Genetic Screening Genetic Struggles
The Schools: Testing for Learning Problems Social Pressures on the Schools Accountability Meeting Legislative Demands Current Strategies Standardized Tests Prescribing Drugs Emerging Biological Explanations and Diagnostic Advances Classification and Control
The Medical Empowering of Legal Institutions Pressures and Demands Defining Criminal Responsibility: The Insanity Defense Assuring Efficiency: Administrative Strains on the Courts Existing Strategies Medicalization The Search for Scientific Evidence New Technologies and Future Developments
Social Control Through Biological Tests Institutional Conformity and the Use of Tests Professionals as Institutional Agents Biological Discrimination
Glossary
Notes
Index
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ISBN: 9780226571294
ISBN-10: 0226571297
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 1st March 1994
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.6  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Type: New edition