Emerging Technologies for Diagnosing Alzheimer's Disease: Innovating with Care

M. Boenink, Harro Van Lente, E.H.M. Moors

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This book explores international biomedical research and development on the early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. It offers timely, multidisciplinary reflections on the social and ethical issues raised by promises of early diagnostics and asks under which conditions emerging diagnostic technologies can be considered a responsible innovation.
The initial chapters in this edited volume provide an overview and a critical discussion of recent developments in biomedical research on Alzheimer's disease. Subsequent contributions explore the values at stake in current practices of dealing with Alzheimer's disease and dementia, both within and outside the biomedical domain. Novel diagnostic technologies for Alzheimer's disease emerge in a complex and shifting field, full of controversies. Innovating with care requires a precise mapping of how concepts, values and responsibilities are filled in through the confrontation of practices. In doing so, the volume offers a practice-based approach of responsible innovation that is also applicable to other fields of innovation
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages286
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-137-54097-3
ISBN (Print)978-1-137-54096-6
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameHealth, Technology and Society


  • Medical Sociology
  • Sociology of the Body
  • Sociology of Family, Youth and Aging
  • Health Promotion and Disease
  • Prevention
  • Geriatric Care


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