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Evidence, Ethos and Experiment: The Anthropology and History of Medical Research in Africa

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by P. Wenzel Geissler
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Evidence, Ethos and Experiment: The Anthropology and History of Medical Research in Africa by P. Wenzel Geissler

Medical research has been central to biomedicine in Africa for over a century, and Africa, along with other tropical areas, has been crucial to the development of medical science. At present, study populations in Africa participate in an increasing number of medical research projects and clinical trials, run by both public institutions and private companies. Global debates about the politics and ethics of this research are growing and local concerns are prompting calls for social studies of the "trial communities" produced by this scientific work. Drawing on rich, ethnographic and historiographic ­­­material, this volume represents the emergent field of anthropological inquiry that links Africanist ethnography to recent concerns with science, the state, and the culture of late capitalism in Africa.<

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Pages: 452
Size: 10.0 MB
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Date published:   2011
ISBN: 9780857450937 (DRM-PDF)

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