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Neither from words, nor from visions: understanding p-medicine from innovative treatments

Lemoine, Maël (2017) Neither from words, nor from visions: understanding p-medicine from innovative treatments. Lato Sensu, revue de la Société de philosophie des sciences, 4 (2). pp. 12-23. ISSN 2295-8029

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Abstract

Despite its vagueness Personalized, Precision, P4, P5, individualized, stratified medicine—or p-medicine in short—has become an increasingly popular term in biomedical literature. Philosophers have attempted to analyze what these various terms involve and have discussed consequences for medical practices. In this article, I argue that an important question remains unaddressed: what has made this project of p-medicine convincing to so many? My argument is that without real achievements, it would never have been. I also make the case that these achievements stem from the domain of monoclonal antibodies (mab), a new type of drug that justifies talks of personalized, precise, stratified, etc., medicine. In conclusion, while it may be possible to label any projection in the future of medicine as ‘p-medicine’, it is impossible to overlook mab-medicine as the spearhead.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Lemoine, Maëllemoine@univ-tours.fr
Keywords: personalized medicine; precision medicine
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Biomedical Ethics
Specific Sciences > Medicine
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Depositing User: Lato Sensu
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2018 17:20
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2018 17:20
Item ID: 14513
Journal or Publication Title: Lato Sensu, revue de la Société de philosophie des sciences
Publisher: Société de philosophie des sciences
Official URL: https://sites.uclouvain.be/latosensu/index.php/lat...
DOI or Unique Handle: /10.20416/lsrsps.v4i2.793
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Biomedical Ethics
Specific Sciences > Medicine
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Date: 2017
Page Range: pp. 12-23
Volume: 4
Number: 2
ISSN: 2295-8029
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14513

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