Views & Reviews Outside the Box

The nano state

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 03 September 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1519
  1. Trisha Greenhalgh, professor of primary health care, University College London
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    The Society for Social Studies of Science—4S—is a group of sociologists who study scientists and the social effects of their research. Last week I was lost in their vast international conference, which this year focused on the themes of medicine, health care, and technology.

    I tried to get into a presentation entitled “My internet penis: male panics and the queering of penis enlargement emails,” but the punters had been queuing since dawn, and there was standing room only. Apparently some 6000 men every month hit …

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