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  • Movement of knowledge

    Medical humanities perspectives on medicine, science, and experience

    Kristofer Hansson, Rachel Irwin (eds.)

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    ISSN: 2002-2131 Kriterium (Online)

    Medical knowledge is always in motion. It moves from the lab to the office, from a press release to a patient, from an academic journal to a civil servant’s desk and then on to a policymaker. Knowledge is deconstructed, reconstructed, and transformed as it moves. The dynamic, ever-evolving nature of medical knowledge has given rise to different concepts to explain it: diffusion, translation, circulation, transit, co-production. At the same time, its movements—and the ways in which we conceptualize and describe them—have material consequences. For instance, value judgements on the validity of certain forms of knowledge determine the direction of clinical research. Policy decisions are taken in relation to existing knowledge. The acceptance or rejection of treatment protocols based on medical ‘facts’ impacts on patients, dependents, health providers, and society at large. Simply put, knowledge and the movement of knowledge matter.

    How do they matter, though? The contributors to this volume examine the complexity of medical knowledge in everyday life. We demonstrate not only the pervasive influence of knowledge in medical and public health settings, but also the range of methodological and theoretical tools to study knowledge. Ours is a multidisciplinary approach to the medical humanities, presenting both contemporary and historical perspectives in order to explore the borderlands between expertise and common knowledge.

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    Medicinsk kunskap är alltid i rörelse. Den kan färdas från laboratoriet till kontoret, med en pressrelease till en patient, via en vetenskaplig artikel till en tjänsteman och kanske vidare till en beslutsfattare. Förflyttningen till olika sammanhang har betydelse för hur kunskapen uppfattas och används, vilket i sin tur kan påverka inriktningen på både forskning och politiska beslut. Komplexiteten hos medicinsk kunskap och de konsekvenser som den får står i fokus i antologin Movement of knowledge. Författarna undersöker hur kunskap präglar de medicinska och folkhälsoorienterade rummen och granskar samtidigt de metodologiska och teoretiska verktygen vi har för att studera kunskap och kunskapsflöden. I sina texter anlägger forskarna en tvärvetenskaplig syn på medicinsk humaniora och visar med såväl samtida som historiska perspektiv på hur gränssnittet mellan experter och allmänhet kan studeras.

    Medicinsk kunskap dekonstrueras, rekonstrueras och omformas när den rör sig mellan patienter, vårdgivare och samhället i stort. Att en behandlingsmetod godkänns eller underkänns utifrån medicinska fakta är något som i slutänden påverkar oss alla.

    Academic co-ordinator is Daniel Normark, Researcher, Karolinska Institutet: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3509-097X

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    Hansson K. & Irwin R. (eds.) 2020. Movement of knowledge: Medical humanities perspectives on medicine, science, and experience. Sweden: Kriterium. DOI: https://doi.org/10.21525/kriterium.24
    Hansson, K. and Irwin, R. (eds) (2020) Movement of knowledge: Medical humanities perspectives on medicine, science, and experience. Sweden: Kriterium. DOI: https://doi.org/10.21525/kriterium.24
    Hansson, Kristofer, and Rachel Irwin, editors. Movement of Knowledge: Medical Humanities Perspectives on Medicine, Science, and Experience. Kriterium, 2020. DOI: https://doi.org/10.21525/kriterium.24
    Hansson, K., & Irwin, R. (Eds.). (2020). Movement of knowledge: Medical humanities perspectives on medicine, science, and experience. Sweden: Kriterium. DOI: https://doi.org/10.21525/kriterium.24
    Hansson, Kristofer, and Rachel Irwin, eds. Movement of Knowledge: Medical Humanities Perspectives on Medicine, Science, and Experience. Sweden: Kriterium, 2020. DOI: https://doi.org/10.21525/kriterium.24




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    Published on 10 september 2020

    Language

    English

    Pages:

    265

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    Hardback 978-91-88909-34-3
    PDF 978-91-88909-36-7

    DOI
    https://doi.org/10.21525/kriterium.24