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Biomedical OdysseysFetal Cell Experiments from Cyberspace to China$
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Priscilla Song

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691174778

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691174778.001.0001

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Borderline Tactics

Borderline Tactics

(p.132) Chapter 6 Borderline Tactics
Biomedical Odysseys

Priscilla Song

Princeton University Press

This chapter takes a closer look at the institutional practices that have enabled medical entrepreneurs to survive and even thrive in the fluctuating regulatory regime of China's emergent “market socialism.” Rather than producing better modes of governance, formal regulation has encouraged experimental practices that circumvent administrative oversight. Facing increasing challenges to their professional identities and their very livelihoods, Dr. Huang and his compatriots deploy myriad borderline tactics ranging from exploiting bureaucratic loopholes to capitalizing on technological advances in order to evade government scrutiny and attract new patients. These experimental forms of health care are pushing the limits of medical practice as they remake the boundaries between public and private, legal and illegal, ethical and unethical.

Keywords:   medical practice, institutional practice, medical entrepreneurs, market socialism, experimental medicine

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