This month it was hard not to pay attention to what was happening in the world of Pharma, where several cases came to light illustrating just how murky and contested the role of one of the most powerful industries in the world is in shaping not just business practices, but collective social and moral consciousness as well.
A recent Gallup …
Speculative Markets: Drug Circuits and Derivative Life in Nigeria
by Kristin Peterson
Duke University Press, 2014, 256 pages.
We tend to think of pharmaceuticals as chemical matter caught up in complicated legal and economic relationships, but it is probably more useful to think of them as legal artifacts oriented towards a potential (but by no means guaranteed) biochemical …
Le médicament qui devait sauver l’Afrique
by Guillaume Lachenal
La Découverte, 2014, 250 pages.
Guillaume Lachenal’s Le médicament qui devait sauver l’Afrique – the English-language title provided by the publishing house is The hidden history of the medicine meant to save Africa – is devoted to a pharmaceutical scandal in colonial Africa that remains absent from the official history. …
Ian Harper, Professor of Anthropology, Health, and Development at the University of Edinburgh, talks to Alice Street about his book Development and Public Health in the Himalaya: Reflections on Healing in Contemporary Nepal.
AS: Ian, maybe you can tell us a little bit about your history as a medical practitioner, and how you came to work in Nepal.
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 …