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Personalised Medicine: A Critique on the Future of Health Care
journal contributionposted on 2023-10-24, 22:05 authored by Jacqueline SavardJacqueline Savard
In recent years we have seen the emergence of "personalised medicine." This development can be seen as the logical product of reductionism in medical science in which disease is increasingly understood in molecular terms. Personalised medicine has flourished as a consequence of the application of neoliberal principles to health care, whereby a commercial and social need for personalised medicine has been created. More specifically, personalised medicine benefits from the ongoing commercialisation of the body and of genetic knowledge, the idea that health is defined by genetics, and the emphasis the state places on individual citizens as being "responsible for" their own health. In this paper I critique the emergence of personalised medicine by examining the ways in which it has already impacted upon health and health care delivery. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.