Hospice

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I volunteer at Yolo Hospice. It is a non-profit organization that helps those who have less than six months to live and want to have that time as comfortably as possible, often at home.  I hadn’t known about hospice growing up, but the more I learned about the larger medical system we live in, the more I became interested in alternatives to maximal treatment. I have found it quite amazing and caring. The services are provided free of charge to patients and families, and include doctors and nurses expert in pain management, social workers, home health aides, spiritual care, grief counselors, and volunteers. There is a nice article on the gift of hospice.

There are an increasing number of for-profit hospices now appearing. I have not had direct experience with them, but have started hearing of experiences that suggest that there is tension between being for-profit and caring, especially since the patients are not the payers. I fear that the process I studied in Drugs for Life concerning pharmaceutical development will happen to hospice care.

»Embodying Improvisation

improvising

What are we talking about when we talk about embodiment, bodies, our bodies, other bodies? How did we learn to talk these ways that these words come so easily out of our mouths and fingers? And are we always improvising, and if so, how, and against what background of non-improvisation? Embodying Improvisation Class Winter 13 Continue reading…

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»The Biomarx Experiment

PillDollar

“We want to maximize the number of new prescriptions…” “We want to identify people at risk at the earliest possible point…” Pharmaceutical marketers want to maximize the number of prescriptions in order to maximize profits. They see clinical trials as investments whose purpose was to increase sales of medicines, “Important clinical studies to conduct from Continue reading…

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»Biomedicine as Culture

Biomedicine as Culture

Co-edited with Regula Burri in 2008. Biomedicine as Culture: Instrumental Practices, Technoscientific Knowledge, and New Modes of Life (Routledge Studies in Science, Technology and Society), best described through contents: Introduction REGULA VALÉRIE BURRI AND JOSEPH DUMIT PART I Social and cultural studies of biomedicine 1 Medicalizing culture(s) or culturalizing medicine(s) STEFAN BECK 2 Metaphors of medicine Continue reading…

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