Faculty Book: Christa Altenstetter
Medical Devices: European Union Policymaking and the Implementation of Health and Patient Safety in France
(Transaction Publishers, 2007)
Medical devices and medical technology are used for patient care, genetic testing, clinical trials, and experimental clinical investigations. This volume on the regulation of medical devices in the European Union, with a focus on France, will be of interdisciplinary interest and significance for policymakers in countries around the globe. The EU regulatory regime is one of three global regional regimes, and medical products manufactured in EU countries are sold worldwide. As countries confront an aging population on a global scale, there will inevitably be an increase in the demand for health services and, concomitantly, the use of medical devices in medical and surgical procedures. Medical technologies and devices are used ethically most of the time; yet they have the potential for unethical use when scientific medicine is elevated over human life and death. Understanding how to effectively regulate medical devices is essential to people throughout the world. Christa Altenstetter is professor of political science at Queens College and the Graduate Center.
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Submitted on: OCT 12, 2007