Embodiment and the Everyday Cyborg: Philosophical and Sociological Approaches

In this post we consider how to study the embodiment of everyday cyborgs using phenomenological and sociological methods Although we often identify the locus of the self in the mind, what our body is like can have important effects on who we are. Our body is the means through which we perceive the world and … Continue reading “Embodiment and the Everyday Cyborg: Philosophical and Sociological Approaches”

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A Ghost Map of Medical Device Companies in the UK and Ireland (c.1970-2021)

Continuing our occasional series looking at medical devices from a historical perspective, we here provide a foundational resource for those looking into medical device business history. Building on our earlier preliminary historical research concerning the publics of medical devices, we are here sharing a way to visualise some of the most important businesses for the … Continue reading “A Ghost Map of Medical Device Companies in the UK and Ireland (c.1970-2021)”

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Medical Devices as Boundary Technologies: Economics, Medicine, and the State in Ireland

Continuing our occasional series of posts looking at medical devices from a historical perspective, Kevin Matthew Jones surveys newspaper coverage from the early 2000s, finding devices linked with national identity, culture, finance and fame. In the first of my blog posts, I outlined the research I have conducted with the Everyday Cyborgs 2.0 project on … Continue reading “Medical Devices as Boundary Technologies: Economics, Medicine, and the State in Ireland”

Making Meaning in Medical Devices – A Historical View

This post is the second in an occasional series, building up a historical picture of the everyday cyborg. During my time with the Everyday Cyborgs project, I have catalogued historical newspaper articles that have used the term ‘medical device’, in order to chart its development in British popular media since 1945. Here are a few reflections on what I … Continue reading “Making Meaning in Medical Devices – A Historical View”

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Software as a Medical Device: A Bad Regulatory Fit?

This post introduces some of the gaps and uncertainties we are exploring in relation to software as a medical device Advances in information technology have resulted in increasingly complex or “smart” medical devices that are capable of running software, lending these devices ever more complex functionalities. Often the relevant software comes as part and parcel … Continue reading “Software as a Medical Device: A Bad Regulatory Fit?”

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The Medicines and Medical Devices Act 2021 & Uncertain Regulatory Futures

This piece was originally posted as a University of Birmingham Research Perspective “The final legislation, much like the Bill as originally introduced, does little to address the current unwieldy nature of the existing system of medicines and medical devices regulation.” The Act has the potential to significantly impact the regulation of medicines, veterinary medicines, and medical … Continue reading “The Medicines and Medical Devices Act 2021 & Uncertain Regulatory Futures”

The Historical Geography of the Everyday Cyborg?

This post is the first in an occasional series building up a historical picture of the Everyday Cyborg One of the tasks currently being undertaken on the Everyday Cyborgs 2.0 project is to historicise the Everyday Cyborg. Some might disagree about how to define this central concept, and others might wonder whether there are better … Continue reading “The Historical Geography of the Everyday Cyborg?”

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Prescribing Unapproved Medical Devices? The Case of DIY Artificial Pancreas Systems

This post is a summary of our forthcoming paper in Medical Law International ‘Prescribing Unapproved Medical Devices? The Case of DIY Artificial Pancreas Systems’ Authors: Joseph T F Roberts, Victoria Moore, Muireann Quigley Healthcare technology innovation in type 1 diabetes (T1D) management has until recently been a relatively slow process. Tired of waiting for commercial manufacturers … Continue reading “Prescribing Unapproved Medical Devices? The Case of DIY Artificial Pancreas Systems”

Roll-back on Hard-won Amendments as the Medicines and Medical Devices Bill Goes Through Final Stages

This post looks at the final changes to the Medicines and Medical Devices Bill 2019-21 as it concludes its passage through Parliament. [Part I available here, Part II available here, Part III available here, Part IV available here, Part V available here, Part VI available here, Part VII available here, Part VIII available here] The Medicines and Medical Devices Bill completed its … Continue reading “Roll-back on Hard-won Amendments as the Medicines and Medical Devices Bill Goes Through Final Stages”

Prescribing and DIY Artificial Pancreas Systems

In this post we consider how clinicians can follow the standards set by the General Medical Council when making prescribing decisions for people who are using or considering using DIY APS. In DIY APS, each component of the system that a doctor is responsible for prescribing (insulin, CGM, and insulin pump) are appropriately licensed or … Continue reading “Prescribing and DIY Artificial Pancreas Systems”

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