Controversies in Science and Technology

Controversies in Science and Technology

From Maize to Menopause

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Written for general readers, teachers, journalists, and policymakers, this volume explores four controversial topics in science and technology, with commentaries from experts in such fields as sociology, religion, law, ethics, and politics:

* Antibiotics and Resistance: the science, the policy debates, and perspectives from a microbiologist, a veterinarian, and an M.D.

* Genetically Modified Maize and Gene Flow: the science of genetic modification, protecting genetic diversity, agricultural biotech vesus the environment, corporate patents versus farmers' rights

* Hormone Replacement Theory and Menopause: overview of the Women's Health Initiative, history of hormone replacement therapy, the medicalization of menopause, hormone replacement therapy and clinical trials

* Smallpox: historical and medical overview of smallpox, government policies for public health, the Emergency Health Powers Act, public resistance vs. cooperation.


Written for general readers, teachers, journalists, and policymakers, this volume explores four controversial topics in science and technology, with commentaries from experts in such fields as sociology, religion, law, ethics, and politics:

* Antibiotics and Resistance: the science, the policy debates, and perspectives from a microbiologist, a veterinarian, and an M.D.

* Genetically Modified Maize and Gene Flow: the science of genetic modification, protecting genetic diversity, agricultural biotech vesus the environment, corporate patents versus farmers' rights

* Hormone Replacement Theory and Menopause: overview of the Women's Health Initiative, history of hormone replacement therapy, the medicalization of menopause, hormone replacement therapy and clinical trials

* Smallpox: historical and medical overview of smallpox, government policies for public health, the Emergency Health Powers Act, public resistance vs. cooperation.

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Despite the subtitle, this is not the middle volume of a long alphabetically series, but a stand-alone anthology of 19 original studies. Scholars of medical, environmental, and social sciences cover the overuse of antibiotics on the farm; global issues concerning genetically modified crops; the science, culture, and history of hormone replacement therapy and menopause; and smallpox and bioterrorism. Their goal is to help readers think about the issues regarding how science and technology affect their daily lives. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, c2005
ISBN: 0299203905
0299203948
Characteristics: xii, 341 p. : ill. ; 23 cm

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