Guinea Pig Zero: An Anthology of the Journal for Human Research Subjects

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Overview

From first person accounts of pharmaceutical studies gone bad to intricate medical histories, Guinea Pig Zero provides a fascinating look at the people who sell their bodies to science. While the book provides advice to present-day research subjects (by rating research clinics), the book also provides context by investigating the history and ethics behind this important, but little-known medical industry.

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Dr. Richard M. Zaner
From first person accounts of pharmaceutical studies gone bad to intricate medical histories, Guinea Pig Zero provides a fascinating look at t he people who sell their bodies to science. While the book provides advice to present-day research subjects (by rating research clinics), the book also provides context by investigating the history and ethics behind this important, but little-known medical industry.
Booklist
Spirited writing and quite interesting subject matter distinguish this book that can't help but broaden the scope of just about any collection.
Chris Dodge
GPZ is not only a self-help guide for people considering work as a volunteer subject in medical research, but also a serious history of medical test with sobering case studies.
David Futrelle
GPZ makes clear that a good zine can get you heard. And in an age of spin, that counts for an awful lot.
Publishers Weekly
In 1996, freelance lab rat and activist Robert Helms, under the nom de plume Guinea Pig Zero, began to publish a zine with the same name; in Guinea Pig Zero: An Anthology of the Journal for Human Research Subjects, he gathers together a few dozen contributions (many of which he penned) exploring "this dark little corner of modern science from the subject's own viewpoint." From Donno's tale of going bonkers in a sleep-deprivation study, to Beth Lavoie's discussion of the various poisons to which soldiers in the Gulf War were exposed, to Helms's history of a 1935 test subject strike, these are strange and frightening stories that may make our trust in the medical establishment seem na ve. (July) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781891053849
  • Publisher: Garrett County Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2005
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 245
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Helms has been volunteering the use of his healthy body for medical experiments since 1995. He lives in Philadelphia, PA.
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