Within contemporary society the meaning of âhealthâ is surprisingly unstable. Guiding principles that once seemed self-evident have been challenged by new social, scientific and economic forces. This book argues that the foundational terms and concepts, which form the basic building blocks of dialogue about health, are now in flux.
While the forces in play differ, and the pace of change is varied, there is now a âbrave new worldâ of health which characterises policy debate about health (and illness or disability). This permeates even the more narrow technical issues within clinical medicine, the law and medical science. This construction and reconstruction of health has important implications for the development of law and policy.
The book draws on international and local experts to explore these issues. It opens with consideration of the economic and social forces of âglobalisationâ - the macro level forces which now shape the âlived realitiesâ of health for the worldâs people. This is then contextualised through a series of detailed âcase studiesâ of more localised examples including; pharmaceuticals, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, body modification, abortion, anorexia and post-traumatic stress disorder.
The book also interrogates the way modern health research influences public conceptions of health. Across these issues the book canvasses the social forces at work in the construction of health, disability and illness in shaping our understandings of such concepts by the public, by individuals, by the courts, and by international bodies. Brave New World of Health is an important contribution to advancing that understanding.
Table of Contents
Globalising Rights? Constructing Health Rights in a Shrinking World
Potential AUSFTA Dispute Resolution over Off-Shore Constructions of Australian Pharmaceutical Policy
Thomas A Faunce, Susannah Jeffreys and Kellie Johnston
The âAffectedâ Post-Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis Embryo
Estair Van Wagner, Roxanne Mykitiuk and Jeff Nisker
Constructing a Healthy Population: Tensions Between Individual Responsibility and State-Based Beneficence
Wendy A Rogers
Constructing the Body Inside and Out: Genetic and Somatic Modification
Turning Mothers into Bioethicists: Late Abortion and Disability
Birth, Ritalin, Prozac, Viagra, Death
Creating a Facilitative Environment for Genetic Research: The Central Role of Public Trust
The Subjectivity of Objectivity: The Social, Cultural and Political Shaping of Evidence-Based Medicine
Raymond G De Vries, Trudo Lemmens and Charles L Bosk
Litigating Antidepressants: Challenging Constructs of Health in Pharmaceutical Promotion
Constructing âControlâ Over Anorexia Nervosa
Terry Carney, Miriam Ingvarson and David Tait
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: The Backlash After the New Dawn
Disentangling Disability and Health
Lee Ann Basser
Table of Cases
Table of Statutes