Social Epistemology 29 (2):234-247 (2015)

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Hubertus Nederbragt
Utrecht University
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Somatic cell count is a diagnostic test of milk for mastitis in cows. Its specificity and sensitivity are less than 1.0, making test results uncertain. I discuss epistemological problems of the test such as underdetermination, undercalibration and underdiscrimination, in the solution of which biomedical and economic factors may play a role. Diagnostics of the SCC should be considered as an epistemological network, functioning in a network in which farmers, veterinarians, epidemiologists and milk industry shift their position following biomedical, technological and economic changes, which is described as an actor-network to understand how human and non-human agents in mastitis may be associated
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