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Title

Whatever works: uncertainty and technological hybrids in medical innovation

AuthorsBarberá Tomás, David ; Consoli, Davide
KeywordsMedical innovation
Hybridization
Uncertainty
Technological evolution
Implantable medical devices
Issue Date2011
PublisherCSIC-UPV - Instituto de Gestión de la Innovación y del Conocimiento (INGENIO)
CitationWorking Paper Nº 2011/12
AbstractThe persistent uncertainty that looms over the search for solutions to health problems offers important conceptual insights for the study of technological change. This paper explores the notion of hybridization, namely the embodiment of multiple competing operational principles within a single medical device, as strategy to deal with the practical shortcomings due to said uncertainty. The history of the development of the hybrid artificial disk affords the elaboration of an alternative view of hybridization and, at the same time, the articulation of a dualism between medical science as area of basic research (e.g. what disease is) and as practical knowledge (e.g. how disease can be tackled).
DescriptionINGENIO (CSIC‐UPV) Working Paper Series 2011/12.
Publisher version (URL)http://www.ingenio.upv.es/es/working-papers
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/107561
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