Chasing Medical Miracles: The Promise and Perils of Clinical Trials

Chasing Medical Miracles: The Promise and Perils of Clinical Trials

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by Alex O'Meara
     
 

Twentieth-century medical trials have led to epic advances in health care, from asthma inhalers and insulin pumps to heart valves and pacemakers. And yet, although regulations safeguard against grossly unethical tests, significant problems are still associated with how clinical trials are carried out and reported. Chasing Medical Miracles is the first book to give

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Overview

Twentieth-century medical trials have led to epic advances in health care, from asthma inhalers and insulin pumps to heart valves and pacemakers. And yet, although regulations safeguard against grossly unethical tests, significant problems are still associated with how clinical trials are carried out and reported. Chasing Medical Miracles is the first book to give readers a behind-the-scenes look at the complicated world of clinical trials, revealing how a multibillion-dollar industry of private companies conducting them with little oversight has taken root and quietly become a major part of the American medical establishment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802716965
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
06/16/2009
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.74(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction....................1
Chapter 1: Entering the Risky World of Clinical Trials....................7
Chapter 2: The Right and Wrong of Clinical Trials....................20
Chapter 3: Money Makes the Trial Go 'Round....................54
Chapter 4: Legal Trials....................85
Chapter 5: There's a Subject Born Every Minute....................97
Chapter 6: Going Global....................122
Chapter 7: The Perfect Laboratory for Clinical Trials....................150
Chapter 8: The Stories Behind the Subjects....................172
Chapter 9: Transplanted....................198
Afterword: Volunteering for a Clinical Trial....................218
Acknowledgments....................225
Notes....................227
Index....................255

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