A theoretically well-informed and richly circumstantial analysis of the ever-changing and intersecting technologies, careers, institutional and regulatory mechanisms, biological understandings, and clinical exigencies that constitute what we have come to call biomedicine. A powerful and significant contribution to our understanding of the complex and mutually constitutive worlds of biology and pathology, 'science' and 'technology.'
Ernest Monrad Professor of the Social Sciences, Department of the History of Science, Harvard University
A meticulously documented and theoretically sophisticated work.
At the heart of modern biomedicine are the subtly overlapping systems of analysis through which diagnoses are made. Keating and Cambrosio have taken one of them apart, brilliantly revealing the technical, social, commercial, and regulatory aspects of its construction and maintenance. Deeply researched and imaginatively presented, their book links cells, machines, and professionals, in particular hospitals and in global nets. An important, state-of-the-art contribution.
John V. Pickstone
Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester
Conceptually, the work is highly innovative. It is an original contribution to the longstanding debate about the relation between the laboratory and the clinic, and I predict that it will have a major impact on future studies on the history, epistemology and social studies of biomedicine.
Director, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin