Departmental Papers (HSS)

Document Type

Review

Date of this Version

3-1999

Publication Source

Isis

Volume

90

Issue

1

Start Page

156

Last Page

157

DOI

10.1086/384307

Abstract

This is a bloodless book, literally and figuratively. It is bloodless in the sense that it excludes from its frame the cancer patients whose blood and tumors are the central physical materials of the high technoscience described here. And it is bloodless in the sense that it deals with a pressing moral issue—how some forms of cancer research become public and scientific priorities—without a moral perspective. This divorce from human need and vulnerability necessarily precludes consideration of the book as a work of history.

Copyright/Permission Statement

© 1999 The University of Chicago Press.

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Date Posted: 24 October 2017

This document has been peer reviewed.