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Duncan Wilson
University of Nevada, Reno
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    What Can History Do for Bioethics?Duncan Wilson - 2013 - Bioethics 27 (4):215-223.
    This article details the relationship between history and bioethics. I argue that historians' reluctance to engage with bioethics rests on a misreading of the field as solely reducible to applied ethics, and overlooks previous enthusiasm for historical perspectives. I claim that seeing bioethics as its practitioners see it – as an interdisciplinary meeting ground – should encourage historians to collaborate in greater numbers. I conclude by outlining how bioethics might benefit from new histories of the field, and how historians can (...)
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    Quantifying the Quiet Epidemic: Diagnosing Dementia in Late 20th-Century Britain.Duncan Wilson - 2014 - History of the Human Sciences 27 (5):126-146.
    During the late 20th century numerical rating scales became central to the diagnosis of dementia and helped transform attitudes about its causes and prevalence. Concentrating largely on the development and use of the Blessed Dementia Scale, I argue that rating scales served professional ends during the 1960s and 1970s. They helped old age psychiatrists establish jurisdiction over conditions such as dementia and present their field as a vital component of the welfare state, where they argued that ‘reliable modes of diagnosis’ (...)
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    Making Way for Molecular Biology: Institutionalizing and Managing Reform of Biological Science in a UK University During the 1980s and 1990s. [REVIEW]Duncan Wilson & Gaël Lancelot - 2008 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 39 (1):93-108.
    Historians agree that the second half of the twentieth century saw widespread changes in the structure of biological science in universities. This shift was, and continues to be, characterized by the de-differentiation of nineteenth and early twentieth century disciplines, with increasing emphasis on the methods and authority of molecular fields. Yet we currently lack appreciation of the dynamics that underpinned these changes, and of their tangible effects on the working practices of those involved. In this article we examine the wholesale (...)
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    Making Way for Molecular Biology: Institutionalizing and Managing Reform of Biological Science in a UK University During the 1980s and 1990s. [REVIEW]Duncan Wilson & Gaël Lancelot - 2008 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 39 (1):93-108.
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    Ayesha Nathoo. Hearts Exposed: Transplants and the Media in 1960s Britain. Xv + 262 Pp., Illus., Bibl., Index. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. £52. [REVIEW]Duncan Wilson - 2010 - Isis 101 (4):923-924.
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    A Troubled Past? Reassessing Ethics in the History of Tissue Culture.Duncan Wilson - 2016 - Health Care Analysis 24 (3):246-259.
    Recent books, articles and plays about the ‘immortal’ HeLa cell line have prompted renewed interest in the history of tissue culture methods that were first employed in 1907 and became common experimental tools during the twentieth century. Many of these sources claim tissue cultures like HeLa had a “troubled past” because medical researchers did not seek informed consent before using tissues in research, contravening a long held desire for self-determination on the part of patients and the public. In this article, (...)
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    Book Review: When Species Meet: Donna Haraway, When Species Meet. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-8166-5046-0. X + 420 Pp. $24.95. [REVIEW]Duncan Wilson - 2009 - History of the Human Sciences 22 (1):149-155.
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    Calculable People? Standardising Assessment Guidelines for Alzheimer's Disease in 1980s Britain.Duncan Wilson - 2017 - Medical History: An International Journal for the History of Medicine and Related Sciences 61 (4):500-524.
    This article shows how funding research on Alzheimer's disease became a priority for the British Medical Research Council in the late 1970s and 1980s, thanks to work that isolated new pathological and biochemical markers, and showed that the disease affected a significant proportion of the elderly population. In contrast to histories that focus on the emergence of new and competing theories of disease causation in this period, I argue that concerns over the use of different assessment methods ensured the MRC's (...)
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    Hearts Exposed: Transplants and the Media in 1960s Britain. [REVIEW]Duncan Wilson - 2010 - Isis 101:923-924.
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    J. Benjamin Hurlbut. Experiments in Democracy: Human Embryo Research and the Politics of Bioethics. Xiv + 359 Pp., Index. New York: Columbia University Press, 2017. $65. [REVIEW]Duncan Wilson - 2018 - Isis 109 (2):441-442.
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    Mike Fortun, Promising Genomics: Iceland and deCODE Genetics in a World of Speculation. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008. Pp. X+330. ISBN 978-0-520-24751-2. £17.95. [REVIEW]Duncan Wilson - 2009 - British Journal for the History of Science 42 (4):631.
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    Sally Smith Hughes, Genentech: The Beginnings of Biotech. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 2011. Pp. Xv + 215. ISBN 978-0-226-35918-2. $25.00. [REVIEW]Duncan Wilson - 2012 - British Journal for the History of Science 45 (4):706-707.
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