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The Body Hunters: Testing New Drugs on the World's Poorest Patients

The Body Hunters: Testing New Drugs on the World's Poorest Patients

by Sonia Shah, John le Carré
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Hailed by John le Carré 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 Carré’s acclaimed novel The Constant Gardener and the feature film based on it.

"A trenchant exposé . . . 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 the New England Journal of Medicine notes, "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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565849129
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 09/01/2006
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 242
Sales rank: 1,203,852
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Sonia Shah is an independent journalist and the author of Crude: The Story of Oil. Her articles have appeared in Salon, Playboy, and The Nation, and have been widely anthologized. A 2005 investigative journalism fellow of The Nation Institute, she lives in Boston, Massachusetts. John le Carré is the author of numerous bestselling novels. He lives in Cornwall, England.

Table of Contents

Foreword   John le Carre     vii
Preface     x
Clinical Trials Go Global     1
The Placebo Control     18
Growing the Pharma Monolith     36
Uncaging the Guinea Pig     62
HIV and the Second-rate Solution     77
South Africa: Drug Trials and AIDS Denialism     100
Outsourcing to India: The One Billion Body Politic     112
Calibrating Ethical Codes     132
The Emperor Has No Clothes: The Vagaries of Informed Consent     144
Tipping the Scales     164
Conclusion     175
Notes     179
Acknowledgments     233
Index     235

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