Medical Innovation

Medical Innovation : Science, Technology and Practice

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This book brings together a collection of empirical case studies featuring a wide spectrum of medical innovation. While there is no unique pathway to successful medical innovation, recurring and distinctive features can be observed across different areas of clinical practice. This book examines why medical practice develops so unevenly across and within areas of disease, and how this relates to the underlying conditions of innovation across areas of practice. The contributions contained in this volume adopt a dynamic perspective on medical innovation based on the notion that scientific understanding, technology and clinical practice co-evolve along the co-ordinated search for solutions to medical problems. The chapters follow an historical approach to emphasise that the advancement of medical know-how is a contested, nuanced process, and that it involves a variety of knowledge bases whose evolutionary paths are rooted in the contexts in which they emerge. This book will be of interest to researchers and practitioners concerned with medical innovation, management studies and the economics of innovation. Chapter 5 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at It has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 more

Product details

  • Hardback | 212 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 12.7mm | 453g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 26 black & white illustrations, 8 black & white tables, 26 black & white line drawings
  • 1138860344
  • 9781138860346

About Richard R. Nelson

Davide Consoli is Research Fellow at INGENIO (CSIC-UPV), a joint research centre of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), Spain. Andrea Mina is University Lecturer in Economics of Innovation, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, UK. Richard R. Nelson is Director of the Program on Science, Technology, and Global Development, Columbia Earth Institute, Professor Emeritus of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, USA. Ronnie Ramlogan is a Senior Lecturer at the Manchester Business School, more

Table of contents

1. The Intra-Ocular Lens Revolution Stan Metcalfe, Andrea Mina, Andrew James 2. Coronary Artery Disease Andrea Mina, Ronnie Ramlogan, Stan Metcalfe and Gindo Tampubolon 3. The Evolution of the Left Ventricular Assist Device as a Treatment for Heart Failure Piera Morlacchi and Richard R. Nelson 4. Uncertainty in the Hybridization of New Medical Devices: The Artificial Disc Case David Barbera-Tomas 5. Technological Accretion in Diagnostics: HPV Testing and Cytology in Cervical Cancer Screening Stuart Hogarth, Michael Hopkins and Daniele Rotolo 6. Poliomyelitis Vaccine Innovation Ohid Yaqub 7. Glaucoma: The Silent Thief of Sight Davide Consoli and Ronnie Ramloganshow more