SOCI 325 Lecture Notes - Lecture 13: Clinical Trial, Traditional Tibetan Medicine, National Center For Complementary And Integrative Health

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A broad approach in the social sciences that looks at contemporary systems, institutions, and cultures in the context of colonialism and imperialism. E. g. , biocolonialism: postcolonial randomized controlled trials. Vincanne adams (2002) describes the processes of legitimizing. She uses the theoretical frame of "casino capitalism," emphasizing both the risk-heavy nature of rcts and the idea that the odds are stacked in favor of the "house" "because it is assumed that disease labels may change but diseases themselves are universal, few question whose diagnostic instruments or labels should be valorized in clinical research protocols. " (p. 671) The utility of rcts in determining the effectiveness in treatments pre-supposes the categorization of conditions and symptoms. Conditions that are categorized as a single disease in a (western) biomedical context are understood as completely different diseases in the tibetan medical context, and vice-versa context, and vice-versa. "here the question that is seldom asked is: "whose outcomes count?"" (p. 673)

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