A historical exploration of scientific disputes on the causation of so-called ‘prion diseases’, this fascinating book covers diseases including Scrapie, Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) and Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE).
Firstly tracing the twentieth-century history of disease research and biomedicine, the text then focuses on the relations between scientific practice and wider social transformations, before finally building upon the sociologically informed methodological framework.
Incisive and thought-provoking, The Social Construction of Disease provides a valuable contribution to that well-established tradition of social history of science, which refers primarily to the theoretical works of the sociology of scientific knowledge.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Scrapie in Britain, 1730-1960: A Brief Overview 3. Genetic Research in Edinburgh, 1964-1979 4. Radiobiological Research at Compton, 1964-1978 5. How Controversy Ends: Disputes on the Nature of Scrapie, 1967-1980 6. American Research Trends: Unconventional Slow Viruses, 1957-1980 7. Formulating Prion Hypothesis: Stanley Prusiner’s Work, 1972-1982 8. Prion Controversy, 1982-1997 9. Molecularization of Prion Disease 10. Conclusion