Leading clinical researchers have been invited to look at areas of clinical advance such as brain function, medical physics, cancer, ageing, child health, genetic engineering and heart disease. Describing the various lines of promising research as we approach the millennium, they consider a number of possible future scenarios of health care, and have astonishing stories to tell.
The authors try to anticipate what these futures may look like, what effects they may have on our lives, on society, on the health care professions, and on the NHS. They consider both the promises and the threats, the dangers and the hope, as medical science increases its ability to manipulate our bodies and minds in the pursuit of better health.
This book is equally fascinating for medical and non medical readers. In aiming it at both audiences the editors seek to open up the ethical debates about the future of medicine.
1. Looking and Leaping (Marshall Marinker).
2. The Human Genome (John Bell).
3. Engineering (David Delpy).
4. Cancer (Karol Sikora).
5. Brain Function (Leslie Iversen).
6. The Heart and Circulation (Philip Poole–Wilson).
7. Fetal and Child Development (Catherine Peckham).
8. Ageing (John Grimley Evans).
9. Future Health Scenarios and Public Policy (Michael Peckham).