Racial Prescriptions: Pharmaceuticals, Difference, and the Politics of Life
by Jonathan Xavier Inda
Ashgate, 2014, 148 pages.
Racial Prescriptions provides an eloquent and theoretically-engaged account of the story of BiDil, a pharmaceutical that has become an iconic case for scholars of race in science and medicine. When BiDil was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in …
Speculative Markets: Drug Circuits and Derivative Lives in Nigeria
by Kristin Peterson
Duke University Press, 2014, 264 pages.
In her remarkable book, Speculative Markets: Drug Circuits and Derivative Lives in Nigeria, Kristin Peterson sets out to explore and resituate the pharmaceutical industry, and pharmaceutical markets, in Nigeria. The outcome is a highly-detailed, carefully analyzed and enlightening piece of …
Welcome to our inaugural “Book Forum.” Our aim is simple: to promote lively exchange between a group of scholars and an author, allowing for experimental and inventive engagements that are not so much about evaluation but rather draw on concepts and shared commitments. It’s probably worth noting that Somatosphere will continue to feature book reviews, which have been a mainstay …
Drugs for Life: How Pharmaceutical Companies Define Our Health
by Joseph Dumit
Duke University Press, 2012. pp. 280.
Since the 1970s, scholarly work on pharmaceuticals has long engaged a number of concerns, debates and controversies: the socialities and politics of consumption, the commercialization of the life sciences, and restricted access to life-saving medicines as a result of global patent and …
Writing in The Lancet, Richard Horton called historians of medicine “invisible, inaudible, and … inconsequential”. Historian of medicine Carsten Timmermann responds. This piece is being simultaneously cross-posted at The H Word, a history of science blog hosted by The Guardian.
In a comment published in the medical journal The Lancet, ‘The moribund body of medical history’ …
For this installment of Top of the heap we spoke to Elizabeth Watkins, Dean of the Graduate Division and Professor of the History of Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco.
David Healy, Pharmageddon (University of California Press, 2012)
Pharmageddon is a searing indictment of the pharmaceuticalization of American health care. David Healy decries the practices