The Body Hunters

Author: Sonia Shah
Publisher: New Press, The
ISBN: 1595588310
Format: PDF, ePub
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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.

Vernunft als Therapie und Krankheit

Author: Olaf Nohr
Publisher: Logos Verlag Berlin GmbH
ISBN: 3832539875
Format: PDF, Docs
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Dieses Buch erzählt eine chronologische Geschichte von der antiken bis zur zeitgenössischen Philosophie. Die Abhandlung ist von der Frage geleitet, wie medizinische Metaphern, Analogien und Theoriebausteine zur Klärung philosophischer Probleme herangezogen wurden. In den Hauptkapiteln liegt der Focus auf den Schriften von Immanuel Kant, Friedrich Nietzsche und Ludwig Wittgenstein. Besonderes Augenmerk gilt den oft unterschwelligen Verweisungszusammenhängen zwischen der gesund/krank- und der wahr/falsch Differenz. Der Text richtet sich nicht nur an Philosophen, sondern auch an philosophieinteressierte Mediziner und Literaturwissenschaftler.

Healthy Volunteers in Commercial Clinical Drug Trials

Author: Shadreck Mwale
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319592149
Format: PDF, ePub
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This book provides a richly detailed contribution to the understanding of healthy volunteer experiences in clinical drug trials in the UK. Contemporary society, especially the West, has seen a significant increase in the production and use of pharmaceutical products, particularly for disease treatment. However, despite the large numbers of people involved, particularly in the UK, very little is known about their experiences in commercial phase I clinical drug trials. Shadreck Mwale critiques common conceptions of the terms ‘volunteer’ and ‘altruism’ as used in policy and practice of human involvement in clinical trials and calls for an awareness of the complexity of the terms and how the social contexts participants find themselves in shape acts of voluntarism. Based on extensive empirical evidence and conceptual analysis, the book presents new insights into the lives of healthy volunteers, challenges bioethical conceptions and generates new frameworks for policy and practice of FIHCTs. It will be of particular interest to scholars and practitioners in the wider social sciences, medical Sociology and medical anthropology, pharmacology and bioethics.

The Fever

Author: Sonia Shah
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books
ISBN: 9781429981170
Format: PDF
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In recent years, malaria has emerged as a cause célèbre for voguish philanthropists. Bill Gates, Bono, and Laura Bush are only a few of the personalities who have lent their names—and opened their pocketbooks—in hopes of curing the disease. Still, in a time when every emergent disease inspires waves of panic, why aren't we doing more to eradicate one of our oldest foes? And how does a parasitic disease that we've known how to prevent for more than a century still infect 500 million people every year, killing nearly 1 million of them? In The Fever, the journalist Sonia Shah sets out to answer these questions, delivering a timely, inquisitive chronicle of the illness and its influence on human lives. Through the centuries, she finds, we've invested our hopes in a panoply of drugs and technologies, and invariably those hopes have been dashed. From the settling of the New World to the construction of the Panama Canal, through wars and the advances of the Industrial Revolution, Shah tracks malaria's jagged ascent and the tragedies in its wake, revealing a parasite every bit as persistent as the insects that carry it. With distinguished prose and original reporting from Panama, Malawi, Cameroon, India, and elsewhere, The Fever captures the curiously fascinating, devastating history of this long-standing thorn in the side of humanity.

A Decade of HAART

Author: José Zuniga
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) is a therapeutic intervention that was developed in order to fight the HIV pandemic. This text reviews the achievements to date, and presents an exploration of the challenges that may arise in the future.