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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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Seeking Truth from Facts

Seeking Truth from Facts

(p.158) Chapter 7 Seeking Truth from Facts
Biomedical Odysseys

Priscilla Song

Princeton University Press

This chapter focuses on how Dr. Huang and his staff have contested international biomedical research protocols and devised new methods to assess the effectiveness of their experimental human olfactory ensheathing glial cell transplantation surgery. These strategies include developing improved measurement scales to capture post-surgical differences in bodily function and feeling; inviting foreign doctors to witness clinical procedures for themselves; conducting follow-up studies with former patients; and attempting to publish scientific reports in internationally credible journals. By examining the ways in which New Century clinicians have evaluated the effectiveness of the fetal cell transplantation procedure, this chapter raises key questions about the ethics and epistemology of clinical experimentation at the “cutting edge” of biomedical practice in contemporary China. It demonstrates how new modes of validation are emerging as viable alternatives to the hegemonic discourse of randomized controlled trials that has dominated the quest for “evidence” in experimental medicine.

Keywords:   Huang Hongyun, biomedical research protocols, olfactory ensheathing cells, olfactory ensheathing glia, transplantation, experimental surgery, fetal cell transplantation, biomedical practice

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