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With comments by Cristiana Giordano, Kim Stanley Robinson, Lawrence Diller, and Lisa Ikemoto
When Apr 26, 2013
from 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where SSH1246
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Please join CSIS and STS for a roundatble discussion of Professor Joe Dumit's new book DRUGS FOR LIFE:  HOW PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES DEFINE OUR HEALTH  (Duke UP, 2012).

Cristiana Giordano (Assistant Professor of Anthropology, UCDavis), Lawrence Diller (Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrican, UCSF Clinical Faculty), Lisa Ikemoto (UC Davis Professor of Law and Bioethics Associate of the UC Davis Health System Bioethics Program) and Kim Stanley Robinson (Critically acclaimed science fiction author) will present reflections on the book followed by a response by Joe and Q & A from the audience.

Don't miss this opportunity to engage in a lively discussion of a groundbreaking book that is creating a stir in scholarly, clinical and industry contexts.

Where: CSIS/STS Room, SSH 1246 (Map: http://tinyurl.com/1246ssh)

Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/DfLBookEvent

BOOK:  In Drugs for Life, Professor Dumit considers how our burgeoning consumption of medicine and cost of healthcare not only came to be, but also came to be taken for granted. Drawing on fieldwork at pharmaceutical industry conferences; extensive interviews with marketers, researchers, doctors, and patients; and in-depth examination of industry literature regarding strategies to expand markets for prescription drugs, Dumit concludes that underlying the continual growth in medications, disease categories, costs, and insecurity is a relatively new perception of ourselves as inherently ill and in need of chronic treatment. He argues that this perception is based on clinical trials that we have largely outsourced to pharmaceutical companies. Those companies in turn see clinical trials as investments and measure the value of those investments by the size of the market and profits that it will create. They only ask questions for which the answer is more medicine. Drugs for Life challenges our understanding of health, risks, facts, and clinical trials, the very concepts used by pharmaceutical companies to grow markets to the point where almost no one can imagine a life without prescription drugs. (Adapted from dumit.net/drugs-for-life)

BIO: Joe Dumit is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Science and Technology Studies Program at UC Davis. Dr. Dumit studies how science and medicine change and how the lives of Americans, including consumers, patients, doctors and scientists also change as the nature of facts and evidence change. His first book, Picturing Personhood: Brains Scans and Biomedical America(Princeton University Press, 2004), looked at the development of PET scan brain imaging and what assumptions about brain anatomy, psychology, and human nature needed to be made in order to conduct experiments, and then how the images circulate through popular culture, courtrooms, and patients' lives. He has also co-edited three books: with Gary Lee Downey, Cyborgs & Citadels: Anthropological Interventions in Emerging Sciences and Technologies, (SAR Press), with Robbie Davis-Floyd, Cyborg Babies: From Techno-Sex to Techno-Tots (Routledge), and with Regula Burri, Biomedicine as Culture (Routledge). He has also written many articles about patient experiences, difficult to define illnesses, and the history of medicine.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Science and Innovation Studies and the Program in Science and Technology Studies

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