Physical Description:print xiii, 242 pages ; 22 cm
Publisher:New York : New Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton, 2006.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 179-232) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
1. Clinical trials go global -- 2. The placebo control -- 3. Growing the pharma monolith -- 4. Uncaging the guinea pig -- 5. HIV and the second-rate solution -- 6. South Africa : drug trials and AIDS denialism -- 7. Outsourcing to India : the one billion body politic -- 8. Calibrating ethical codes -- 9. The emperor has no clothes : the vagaries of informed consent -- 10. Tipping the scales.
"The Body Hunters recounts the way the multinational pharmaceutical industry, in its quest to develop lucrative drugs, has begun quietly exporting its clinical research business to the developing world, where ethical oversight is minimal and desperate patients abound. Faced with crumbling facilities, minuscule budgets, and lowering health crises, developing countries often encourage these very trials, even as they cause scarce resources to be diverted from providing care toward the business of servicing drug companies." "Based on several years of original research and reporting from Africa and Asia, The Body Hunters is a damning indictment of a new realm in the exploitation of the world's poor. Tracing the checkered history of Western medical science in poor countries, it lays bare the impossible choice being faced by many patients in the developing world: be experimented upon or die for lack of medicine."--Jacket.