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From the Publisher"HIV/AIDS drugs, breast implants, Viagra, estrogen, and nanotechnology are the examples Shapo (law, Northwestern U.) describes in detail, but he selected them from a great number of cases in which corporations profited by selling products that they knew were risky but that consumers did not. He concludes with advice for consumers and suggestions for policy changes."
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"Recommended. All readership levels."
"I would recommend Experimenting with the Consumer to members of both the plaintiff bar and the public. As Shapo states, we should not be afraid after reading the revelations in this book; rather, we should all be alittle more sensible."
"The book is extremely well referenced and scholarly. The author clearly and faithfully shows the tremendous pressure and expectations that the public can bring to federal agencies and manufacturers for treatments ranging from life threatening diseases (HIV/AIDS) to those that improve quality of life (Viagra, Premarin, Prempro). . . . Although the title of this book is one designed to attract attention, inside is a deep and thoughtful discussion of the systems in place— regulatory, legal, scientific, and ethical—that balance the risks and benefits of products for the American public in an ongoing, dynamic way."
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