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The Mild Torture Economy

Carl Elliott: Clinical Trials, 23 September 2010

Medical Research for Hire: The Political Economy of Pharmaceutical Clinical Trials 
by Jill Fisher.
Rutgers, 257 pp., £23.50, January 2009, 978 0 8135 4410 6
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When Experiments Travel: Clinical Trials and the Global Search for Human Subjects 
by Adriana Petryna.
Princeton, 258 pp., £18.95, June 2009, 978 0 691 12657 9
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The Professional Guinea Pig: Big Pharma and the Risky World of Human Subjects 
by Roberto Abadie.
Duke, 184 pp., £15.99, October 2010, 978 0 8223 4823 8
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... are quietly studying the way the clinical trials business operates. What interests Jill Fisher, Adriana Petryna and Roberto Abadie is not so much the occasional outrage uncovered by investigative reporters, or even the formal regulation of clinical trials. They are more concerned with the everyday pressures and moral choices facing the workers who man ...

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