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The Body Hunters,9781595582140

The Body Hunters

Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 10/30/2007
Publisher(s): New Pr
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An eye-opening look at Big Pharma's unethical and exploitative drug trials in the global south--the true story behindThe Constant Gardener. Hailed by John le Carre as "an act of courage on the part of its author" and singled out for praise by the leading medical journals in the United States and the United Kingdom, The Body Hunters uncovers the real-life story behind le Carre's acclaimed novelThe Constant Gardenerand the recent feature film based on it. "A trenchant expose...meticulously researched and packed with documentary evidence" (Publishers Weekly), Sonia Shah's riveting journalistic account shines a much-needed spotlight on a disturbing new global trend. Drawing on years of original research and reporting in Africa and Asia, Shah examines how the multinational pharmaceutical industry, in its quest to develop lucrative drugs, has begun exporting its clinical research trials to the developing world, where ethical oversight is minimal and desperate patients abound. As theNew England Journal of Medicinenotes, "it is critical that those engaged in drug development, clinical research and its oversight, research ethics, and policy know about these stories," which tell of an impossible choice being faced by many of the world's poorest patients--be experimented upon or die for lack of medicine.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. x
Clinical Trials Go Globalp. 1
The Placebo Controlp. 18
Growing the Pharma Monolithp. 36
Uncaging the Guinea Pigp. 62
HIV and the Second-rate Solutionp. 77
South Africa: Drug Trials and AIDS Denialismp. 100
Outsourcing to India: The One Billion Body Politicp. 112
Calibrating Ethical Codesp. 132
The Emperor Has No Clothes: The Vagaries of Informed Consentp. 144
Tipping the Scalesp. 164
Conclusionp. 175
Notesp. 179
Acknowledgmentsp. 233
Indexp. 235
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