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The professional guinea pig : Big Pharma and the risky world of human subjects /
Roberto Abadie.
Durham [NC] : Duke University Press, 2010.
xii, 184 p. ; 24 cm.
0822348144 (cloth : alk. paper), 0822348233 (pbk. : alk. paper), 9780822348146 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780822348238 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Durham [NC] : Duke University Press, 2010.
0822348144 (cloth : alk. paper)
0822348233 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780822348146 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780822348238 (pbk. : alk. paper)
contents note
Introduction : a guinea pig's wage: risk, body commodification, and the ethics of pharmaceutical research in America -- Guinea-pigging : the in/formal economy of phase I clinical trials in Philadelphia -- Market recruitment, identity, and resistance among professional guinea pigs -- Local knowledge and risk management among professional guinea pigs -- Big Pharma and HIV clinical trials: a case study -- Strategies of survival : HIV clinical trials and the fight for their lives -- From prisoners to professionals : a brief history of the clinical-trial enterprise -- Ethics and the exploitation of the poor in clinical trials research -- Conclusion : living in/off the mild torture economy as trial subjects -- Epilogue : following up : Robert Helms, Frank Little, Dave Onion, and Spam one last time.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [171]-180) and index.

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