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The Politics of Blood
Ethics, Innovation and the Regulation of Risk

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Part of Cambridge Bioethics and Law

  • Date Published: May 2012
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  • isbn: 9781139415071

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  • How best to manage risk involving multi-valued human biological materials is the overarching theme of this book, which draws on the sourcing and supply of blood as a case study. Blood has ethical, social, scientific and commercial value. This multi-valuing process presents challenges in terms of managing risk, therefore making it ultimately a matter for political responsibility. This is highlighted through an examination of the circumstances that led to HIV blood contamination episodes in the US, England and France, as well as their consequences. The roles of scientific expertise and innovation in managing risks to the blood system are also analysed, as is the increased use of precautionary and legal strategies in the post-HIV blood contamination era. Finally, consideration is given to a range of policy and legal strategies that should underpin effective risk governance involving multi-valued human biological materials.

    • Examines the governance of the blood system at both national and supranational (European and global) levels
    • Provides an insightful analysis that will assist policy-makers, healthcare professionals, regulators and academics interested in political, ethical and legal aspects of governance processes involving human biological materials
    • Combines a range of perspectives for dealing with risk governance involving multi-valued human biological materials, thereby making the book relevant to a diverse range of academic and non-academic audiences
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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2012
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781139415071
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The governance of the blood system
    3. Revisiting the gift relationship
    4. Professional beliefs and scientific expertise
    5. Risk and innovation
    6. The rise of the recipient
    7. The politics of precaution
    8. Regulating risk
    9. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Anne-Maree Farrell, Monash University, Victoria
    Anne-Maree Farrell is Associate Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, Monash University, Melbourne. Her research expertise lies broadly within the area of health law and policy, with a particular interest in the regulatory governance of human biological materials. She previously practised as a lawyer for over ten years, specialising in medical-related litigation.

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