The Practice of High-Tech Medicine as a RelationalAct
Author: Federica Raia
Publisher: World Scientific
In this book, we present a novel framework of high-tech modern medicine. Patients going through major high-tech medical interventions, e.g. Advanced Heart Failure (AdHF) patients undergoing left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation and heart transplantation, must integrate scientific and technological advances into personal life, including strong emotional experiences unthinkable thirty years ago, novel to themselves and their caregivers and unknown to healthcare professionals. Our book provides a theoretical framework for the person-centered vision to “heal humankind by improving health, alleviating suffering and delivering acts of kindness, one person at a time”, we develop the theoretical as well as practical concept of the “RelationalAct (RA) ” as core concept to engage and participate in modern medicine. This book will be used as a recommended textbook for the following UCLA Fall 2014 course: Course Director: Professor Federica Raia / Co-Director: Professor Mario Deng Course Title: Educational Perspectives of Relational Practices in Modern Medicine Course Summary: This UCLA course systematically discusses Personhood & Body Concepts in the context of asymmetric Person/Person-relationships in High-Tech Modern Medicine and the diverse implications for building of theories of Relational Practice. Course Topics: Personhood/Body Concepts; Asymmetric Person/Person-relationships; Theories of Relational Practice Contents:Status QuoThe Roots for PersoncareThe RelationalActProtecting the Dyad in PracticePersonalizing Biomedical Research Readership: Medical students, health professionals and general public. Key Features:Starts at the core challenge of high tech modern medicine: Personhood and bodyBroad concept (from clinical vignettes to theoretical concepts)Universal applicability in medicineIncorporating western and eastern philosophical foundationsBroad audience including healthcare professionals and lay publicKeywords:Personalized Medicine;Encounter;Personhood;High Tech Medicine;Modern Medicine
Too often, in the debate over reproductive rights and technologies, we lose sight of the fundamental emotional and psychological issues that define the experience of pregnancy. Robin Gregg here draws on the words and stories of over thirty women to provide a first- hand perspective on pregnancy in the modern age. In an age where a new advance in reproductive technology occurs seemingly every month, pregnancy has come to be defined by such medical procedures as prenatal screening, amniocentesis, fetal monitoring, induced labor, and cesarean sections. Public policymakers, ethicists, religious figures, and the medical establishment control the debate, drowning out the voices of women who grapple in the most immediate sense with the issues. Even feminist theorists often overlook the nuances and paradoxes of the reproductive revolution as experienced by individual, particular women. The reader follows these thirty women as they speak about whether to become pregnant, and by what means; how to choose a health provider; what meaning they attribute to their pregnancies; and how they navigate their way through the contradictory pressures they face during pregnancy. The intimate nature of Gregg's research, consisting as it does largely of women's pregnancy narratives, lends her book a vibrancy often lacking in academic writing about reproduction.
Technology and the Deformation of Human Sensibilities
Author: John W. Murphy
Category: Social Science
This volume details the philosophical propositions of technology, illustrates its impact on various facets of social life, and demonstrates how the disruptive effects of technology can be reduced by providing it with a new philosophical base. Philosophical principles that will help to foster the responsible use of technology are developed. The contributors deal specifically with the ways in which technology shapes a person's view of politics, capital punishment, education, health and illness, work, communications, and the human body. They argue that technology tends to deanimate these aspects of life, thereby purging society of its creativity and spontaneity. Collectively, they suggest ways in which this trend can be reversed by the creation of a socially responsible technology.
This book comprehensively describes the job oppportunities in the top 100 high tech communities in the United States. It details the types of jobs available, specialties in demand, and predicts the future growth of the top areas. Divides high tech communities into two groups: Premier 20, composed of places where companies like Motorola and Texas Instruments have huge facilities and Fast Growth 80, composed of both mature and up-and-coming high-tech meccas.
This anthology presents a variety of historical, social, and philosophical perspectives on technological change and its social consequences, stressing the manner in which technological innovation creates new ethical problems for human civilization. Providing a strong foundation in both theoretical and applied ethical matters, SOCIETY, ETHICS, AND TECHNOLOGY encourages students to critically engage anew the social effects of the technology that surrounds them in their daily lives.
This book provides the non-technical reader with the insight and information necessary to understand those areas of the electronics industry that will be most affected by advances in electronic components and systems. The author reviews the general axioms of business and shows how and where they relate to the electronics industry. He examines new market opportunities brought about by changes in society and identifies fundamental trends which will affect future product and service offerings. The electronics industry, including the various steps in the production process, components, and the subcontract assembly business are explained. Individual chapters profile development opportunities in the areas of telecommunications, automation, instrumentation, medical electronics, and navigation/location systems. Finally, Young concentrates on investment opportunities and the role of the venture capitalist in the future growth of the electronics industry.
This study is the fourth and final volume of a comprehensive survey that documents the miraculous growth of Japanese science and technology from post-war devastation to its rise as a global leader. A team of more than fifty Japanese experts labored for ten years to assemble unique materials into this monumental work of careful scholarship. The fourth volume deals with the decade from 1970 to 1979. It includes numerous tables and figures, has a bibliographic guide and notes at the end of each chapter, as well as a consolidated bibliography. ~ An indispensable resource...Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals; two-year technical program students. - CHOICE on Volume 1
In honour of the 90th birthday of Nobel Prize-winner Linus Pauling, this volume contains essays which examine the many areas of science to which Pauling has contributed. The topics range from molecular and crystal structure determination to the use of vitamins in cancer research.
Offers advice designed to help people plan and prepare for the possibility of short-term or long-term disruptions in the flow of goods and services, caused by either natural or technological disaster; and functions as a guide to sustainable technologies and options.
The Astonishing Scientific Achievements of Early Civilizations
Author: Frank Joseph
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
A detailed look into ancient advanced technology, science, and medicine--some of which has yet to be reproduced today • Explores countless examples of ancient high tech, including robotics, artificial intelligence, aircraft, solar-powered cannons, high-speed drills, illuminated underground temples, massive refrigerators, and subterranean cities • Examines evidence of advanced medicine in ancient times • Includes examples from ancient Egypt, China, Greece, Babylon, Siberia, the Americas, and India The first self-igniting match was invented in 1805 by Jean Chancel, a French chemist. Yet, in Babylon, 3,600 years before, identical sulfur matches were in common use. On the Panchavarnaswamy Temple in India, built millennia ago, there is a detailed carving of a man on a bicycle, yet the bicycle wasn’t invented in the modern world until 1817. These inventions are only two examples of technology lost in the Dark Ages. Exploring the sophisticated tech achieved by ancient civilizations hundreds and thousands of years ago, Frank Joseph examines evidence of robotics and other forms of artificial intelligence; manned flight, such as hot-air balloons and gliders; and military science, including flamethrowers, biological warfare, poison gas, and solar-powered cannons. He reveals how ancient construction engineers excavated subterranean cities, turned stone walls into glass, lifted 100-ton blocks of granite, illuminated underground temples and pyramids, and stored their food in massive refrigerators. Examples explored in the book include the first known alarm clock, invented by Plato in 4th-century-BC Greece; 600-year-old Aztec whistles that reproduce animal sounds and human voices with uncanny accuracy; Stone Age jewelry from Siberia worked by a high-speed drill; sex robots in ancient Troy, Greece, and China; ancient Egyptian aircraft; and India’s iron pillar exposed to sixteen hundred years of monsoons but still standing rust-free. The author also explores evidence of advanced medicine in ancient times, particularly in Egypt and China, from brain surgery, optometry, and prosthetics to dentistry, magnet therapy, and cancer cures. By examining the achievements of our ancient ancestors, we can not only reverse-engineer their inventions but also learn from their civilizations’ mistakes, enabling us to avoid more dark ages. Imagine how scientifically advanced humanity would be if our early achievements had escaped destruction and been allowed to develop?