Tensions and Opportunities in Convergence: Shifting Concepts of Disease in Emerging Molecular Medicine
Vol. 3, Num. 3
Boenink looks at not just the ways in which nanotechnology and biomedicine come together to create a new field dubbed molecular medicine, but also how this field might reach beyond its own borders to totally change the way people think of disease itself, as well as shifting the boundary between health and disease. The paper discusses molecular medicine, the differing definitions of disease and the two themes (the cascade model of disease and disease as a deviation from an individual pattern of functioning) she identifies in the field to demonstrate how it actually acts as a divisive force. While some may see this as destructive, she feels that the problems created by molecular medicine could prospectively help redefine the direction of medicine overall and lead it to a better place.