In class write 11/18

The technology that I am focusing on is the hypodermic needle. This is commonly used not only by health professionals but also by drug users. I found a book, which is possibly a monograph, about needle sharing among intravenous drug users, and different perspectives on it. Although I haven’t read through the entire book, there is a lot of information about the different diseases that can be transmitted through the sharing of hypodermic needles. I find the connection between the hypodermic needle and drug using to be very interesting. I also found a scholarly article about childhood vaccinations, and whether or not they should be mandatory. This has been a very large debate, and is very interesting. There is a section for both the yes and no sides of the argument. The value system I am thinking of working with is public health.


Can there be a way for a needle to be used more than once without spreading disease?

Will advancements ever change the way people use drugs or will methods move away from the needle?

Thesis (possibly? I’m really not sure):

Although the needle plays an extremely important role within the health community, the relationship between the needle and society is very complex, as it is involved with controversial issues such as mandatory vaccination and drug using…

Thesis explanation: I haven’t done too much research on mandatory vaccination or drug using yet, but they seem like interesting topics with a lot of information that I could include in my essay? I’m really not sure what to write the essay on.


One thought on “In class write 11/18

  1. Krista, these are good questions. I would say that mandatory vaccinations are not a requirement for your topic, and that the question of how to reuse needles to create less waste is MUCH more interesting. Have any scholars proposed ways of doing so? In the old days, they were all reused (and then sterilized, of course). But for many reasons, we don’t do it that way anymore. That is a complicated and fascinating cultural shift, and I would be very curious to learn what you have to say about it.

    If you go that route, then the material that you’ve found about contaminated needles being used as bioterrorism becomes even more pertinent and interesting. How does our culture respond to the idea of a needle that has had a prior life? Do we trust sterilization measures? Keep pushing at that topic. When we return from break, we can meet, and I’d be happy to act as a sounding board as you formulate an argument.


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