Shobita Parthasarathy’s book is now out in paperback
Associate Professor (and former STPP Co-Director) of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Shobita Parthasarathy’s first book, which focuses on the comparative politics of health care, breast cancer technologies, and genetics in medicine, is out in paperback. Dr. Parthasarathy on sabbatical at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago, IL, where she has been working hard on her next book that focuses on the comparative politics of the patent system in the United States and Europe.
In Building Genetic Medicine: Breast Cancer, Technology, and the Comparative Politics of Health Care, Shobita Parthasarathy shows how, even in an era of globalization, national context is playing an important role in the development and use of genetic technologies. Focusing on the development and deployment of genetic testing for breast and ovarian cancer (known as BRCA testing) in the United States and Britain, Parthasarathy develops a comparative analysis framework in order to investigate how national “toolkits” shape both regulations and the architectures of technologies and uses this framework to assess the implications of new genetic technologies.
Parthasarathy argues that differences in the American and British approaches to health care and commercialization of research led to the establishment of different BRCA services in the two countries. She draws lessons for the future of genetic medicine from these cross-national differences, and discusses the ways in which comparative case studies can inform policy-making efforts in science and technology.
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