The Professional Guinea Pig: Big Pharma and the Risky World of Human Subjects

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Duke University Press
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6.44 X 9.26 X 0.49 inches | 0.66 pounds

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About the Author

Roberto Abadie is a visiting scholar with the Health Sciences Doctoral Programs at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

"[An] intriguing and worrying book." - Scott McLemee, Inside Higher Ed
"Roberto Abadie has given us a deep, complex, and profoundly disturbing investigation into the dark underside of the clinical trials industry. The Professional Guinea Pig is not just ethnography. It is a call to action." --Carl Elliott, author of Better than Well: American Medicine Meets the American Dream
"The Professional Guinea Pig gives voice to volunteers skeptical of the current ethical protections in phase 1 trials, even as they endure the risks of those trials. . . . Readers will learn something about a fascinating counterculture. . . ."--Deborah R. Barnbaum "Nature Medicine"
"The Professional Guinea Pig tells a fascinating story at the entrepreneurial and pharmaceuticalized heart of neoliberal medicine. . . . It is a riveting read and makes important contributions to the anthropologies of neoliberalism, pharmaceuticals, and the body."--Anne Pollock "American Anthropologist"
"[A]disturbing account. . . . The Professional Guinea Pig raises important questions."--Meredith Wadman "Nature"
"Roberto Abadie has written an absorbing ethnographic study of clinical trials that focuses not on the clinic or the clinicians, the science or its development, but the research participants in phase one trials (the first stage of testing in humans). . . . [A] fascinating description of the subculture of regular drug-trial volunteers."--Nathan Emmerich "Times Higher Education"
"The book makes a compelling argument for why test subjects in the US should be given more protection - and I take my hat off to the author for arguing the case."
--Clint Witchalls "New Scientist"