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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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... who 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 ...


John Sutherland, 4 June 1981

Tit for Tat 
by Verity Bargate.
Cape, 167 pp., £5.95, April 1981, 0 224 01908 2
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Watching Me, Watching You 
by Fay Weldon.
Hodder, 208 pp., £6.95, May 1981, 0 340 25600 1
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Maggie Muggins 
by Keith Waterhouse.
Joseph, 220 pp., £6.95, May 1981, 0 7181 2014 0
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Mr Lonely 
by Eric Morecambe.
Eyre Methuen, 189 pp., £5.95, March 1981, 0 413 48170 0
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... manner as her ghost. Almost all these stories have victims for whom the professional hearts of Jill Tweedie, Evelyn Home or Marjorie Proops would bleed: battered, deserted, betrayed, childless wives abound. But the narrative records suffering without sympathy and with a possible faint sarcasm – though the aftertaste is hard to identify. In one of the ...

Six Scotches More

Michael Wood: Anthony Powell, 8 February 2001

A Writer's Notebook 
by Anthony Powell.
Heinemann, 169 pp., £14.99, February 2001, 0 434 00915 6
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... he wrote two further, later novels, not in the sequence, called O How the Wheel Becomes It and The Fisher King. The Powell offered to us here, in the pre-title list of his books, is the author of a nine-volume sequence of novels called A Dance to the Music of Time, and a further four-volume sequence called Books to Furnish a Room. The attraction of the slip is ...

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