NEW Edited Volume: Humans & Devices in Medical Contexts. Case Studies from Japan.

Susanne Brucksch's picture

Dear colleagues,

I am delighted to share the release of the anthology on "Humans and
Devices in Medical Contexts: Case Studies from Japan"
.

This volume explores the ways in which socio-technical settings in
medical contexts find varying articulations in a specific locale like
Japan. It consists of a detailed theory chapter and nine case studies on
topics concerning: experiences with radiation in Hiroshima, Nagasaki,
and Fukushima; patient security, end-of-life and high-tech medicine in
hospitals; innovation and diffusion of medical technology; and the
engineering and evaluating of novel (robotic) devices in clinical trials.

Please find the link to the publisher's website
<https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-981-33-6280-2> or Twitter
<https://twitter.com/dij_tokyo/status/1415136842010165248>.

Kind regards,
Susanne Brucksch

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Dr. Susanne Brucksch
Principal Researcher
DIJ Tokyo (German Institute for Japanese Studies)
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0094, JAPAN
https://www.dijtokyo.org/
https://dijtokyo.academia.edu/SusanneBrucksch

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Edited Volume: HUMANS and DEVICES in MEDICAL CONTEXTS: CASE STUDIES from
JAPAN
(2021)

edited by Susanne Brucksch, Kaori Sasaki, Palgrave Macmillan, 324 pages.

This book explores the ways in which socio-technical settings in medical
contexts find varying articulations in a specific locale. Focusing on
Japan, it consists of a detailed theory chapter and nine case studies on
topics concerning: experiences with radiation in Hiroshima, Nagasaki,
and Fukushima; patient security, end-of-life and high-tech medicine in
hospitals; innovation and diffusion of medical technology; and the
engineering and evaluating of novel devices in clinical trials. The
individual chapters situate humans and devices in medical settings in
their given semantic, pragmatic, institutional and historical context. A
highly interdisciplinary approach offers deep insights beyond the
manifold findings of each case study, thereby enriching academic
discussions on socio-technical settings in medical contexts amongst
affiliated disciplines. This volume will be of broad interest to
scholars, practitioners, policy makers and students from various
disciplines, including Science and Technology Studies (STS), medical
humanities, social sciences, ethics and law, business and innovation
studies, as well as biomedical engineering, medicine and public health.

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CONTENTS

PART 1: Introduction and Theoretical Reflections

Introduction, Susanne Brucksch, Kaori Sasaki, Pages 3-20

Theoretical Reflections on Medical Devices and the Sociocultural Context
in the Locale of Japan, Susanne Brucksch, Kevin Wiggert, Pages 21-51

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PART 2: Experiences with Radiation

Knowledge and Culture Behind the Dosimetry System: Japanese Scientists,
Radioactive Disasters, and the Technologies for Measuring Radioactivity
in the 20th Century, Maika Nakao, Pages 55-83

Monitoring Disaster: 3.11, Radiation Measurement, and Public Health in
Fukushima, Shi Lin Loh, Pages 85-109

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PART 3: Patient Safety, End-of-life and High-tech Medicine

Standardized Brain-Death Diagnostic Procedure: The Japanese Controversy
of the 1980s-1990s, Kaori Sasaki, Pages 113-141

Medical Technology, Terminal Care, and Criminal Law: Court Cases from
Japan, Yuji Shiroshita, Pages 143-166

The Role of Incident-Reporting Systems for Improving Patient Safety in
Japanese Hospitals: A Comparative Perspective, Naonori Kodate,
Ken?ichiro Taneda, Akiyo Yumoto, Yoshiko Sugiyama, Pages 167-196

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PART 4: Innovation and Diffusion of Medical Devices

The Postwar Medtech Industry in Japan: A Business History Perspective,
Pierre-Yves Donz?, Pages 199-223

Close Collaboration Between Medical Professionals and Engineers in
Medical Devices Innovation: The Commons for Medicine and Engineering
Japan Liaison Platform, Kazuo Tanishita, Pages 225-251

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PART 5: Engineering and Evaluating Medical Technology

Empowering Patients in Interactive Unity with Machines: Engineering HAL
(Hybrid Assistive Limb) Robotic Rehabilitation System, Patrick
Grueneberg, Pages 255-280

Innovative Technology, Clinical Trials, and the Subjective Evaluation of
Patients: The Cyborg-type Robot HAL and the Treatment of Functional
Regeneration in Patients with Rare Incurable Neuromuscular Diseases in
Japan, Takashi Nakajima, Pages 281-310

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PART 6: Conclusions

Conclusions on Socio-Technical Settings in Medical Contexts from the
Locale of Japan, Susanne Brucksch, Pages 313-324