[Consumption and Control: How Vitamin C could become a Cure-All]

Bächi, Beat (2015). [Consumption and Control: How Vitamin C could become a Cure-All]. Therapeutische Umschau, 72(7), pp. 463-468. Huber 10.1024/0040-5930/a000701

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Artificial vitamin C has become a bulk product. To explain how ascorbic acid could enter everyday life, one less has to look at medical necessities than at the dynamic interplay of production, promotion, and health care policy. Hence, this contribution focuses on the complex interactions of health concepts, diagnostic instruments and the physician’s gaze necessary to endow ascorbic acid with a medical indication. On the one hand, this reveals the differences between a “purely scientific” and a “medical-biological” point of view. On the other hand, as man last but not least is what he eats, this points to the fact that nutrition and parts of it always are soaked with health policy and moral.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Review Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute for the History of Medicine

UniBE Contributor:

Bächi, Beat

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
900 History

ISSN:

0040-5930

Publisher:

Huber

Language:

German

Submitter:

Pia-Maria Burkhalter

Date Deposited:

15 Mar 2016 14:13

Last Modified:

17 Mar 2016 21:47

Publisher DOI:

10.1024/0040-5930/a000701

PubMed ID:

26111843

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.76962

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/76962

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