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Social Relations in the “High Place” of Technology

Author(s): Stefano Tomelleri

Journal: Bulletin of the Transilvania University of Braşov, Series VII : Social Sciences and Law
ISSN 2066-7701

Volume: 2;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 243;
Date: 2009;
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Keywords: Narrative medicine | Intensive care unit | Technology | Social relations | End-of-life decisions making

During the last years, Intensive Care Unit (ICU) has recorded a massive progress in knowledge and operating possibilities, especially thanks to the techno-scientific innovations concerning biomedical technologies. The reflections expressed in this paper are the result of an interdisciplinary qualitative survey, which involved, through the creation of focus groups, about 50 health operators, doctors and nurses, working in six Italian intensive care units. The partakers have been asked to express their personal point of view concerning end-of-life decisions. The original aspect of this narrative is a critique to the image of medical technology as being able to take successfully part in any situation and doctors’ narratives aimed at rediscovering the importance of social relations.
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