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Introduction: “Your Health Is Your Wealth”

Jill A. Fisher

in Adverse Events: Race, Inequality, and the Testing of New Pharmaceuticals

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781479877997
eISBN:
9781479861439
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479877997.003.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Medical Anthropology

This introduction describes what Phase I trials are and what is expected of healthy people who participate. It also details who typically enrolls in these trials, mapping out the demographic ... More


A Laboratory for Human Animals

Jill A. Fisher

in Adverse Events: Race, Inequality, and the Testing of New Pharmaceuticals

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781479877997
eISBN:
9781479861439
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479877997.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, Medical Anthropology

The Phase I clinic can be seen as a type of laboratory for human animals. Chapter 5 further develops the concept of the healthy volunteer as a model organism, and it explores how standardization and ... More


The Dark Side of the Model

Jill A. Fisher

in Adverse Events: Race, Inequality, and the Testing of New Pharmaceuticals

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781479877997
eISBN:
9781479861439
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479877997.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Medical Anthropology

The clinic practices that make healthy volunteers into model organisms also raise important validity concerns about Phase I trials. Chapter 6 concentrates particularly on the ways in which healthy ... More


Consenting to Adverse Events

Jill A. Fisher

in Adverse Events: Race, Inequality, and the Testing of New Pharmaceuticals

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781479877997
eISBN:
9781479861439
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479877997.003.0008
Subject:
Anthropology, Medical Anthropology

Chapter 7 draws on secondary data about the safety of Phase I trials to discuss how research staff and healthy volunteers alike struggle to make sense of the omnipresent hypothetical risks of ... More


Constructing Risk Knowledge

Jill A. Fisher

in Adverse Events: Race, Inequality, and the Testing of New Pharmaceuticals

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781479877997
eISBN:
9781479861439
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479877997.003.0009
Subject:
Anthropology, Medical Anthropology

Healthy volunteers’ construction of trials as safe is enabled by their categorization of some studies as riskier than others. Chapter 8 describes this process as a type of model organism epistemology ... More


A Tale of Three Cultures

Jill A. Fisher

in Adverse Events: Race, Inequality, and the Testing of New Pharmaceuticals

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781479877997
eISBN:
9781479861439
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479877997.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Medical Anthropology

Despite similar financial goals among healthy volunteers, there are regional differences in the culture of Phase I participation. Chapter 3 focuses on this theme to further unpack variations in how ... More


Entering the Clinic

Jill A. Fisher

in Adverse Events: Race, Inequality, and the Testing of New Pharmaceuticals

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781479877997
eISBN:
9781479861439
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479877997.003.0002
Subject:
Anthropology, Medical Anthropology

Chapter 1 provides ethnographic detail about entering and being confined to a Phase I clinic. It provides a sense of place: what one such clinic looks like and how it operates as well as the clinic’s ... More


“Doing the Lab Rat Thing”

Jill A. Fisher

in Adverse Events: Race, Inequality, and the Testing of New Pharmaceuticals

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781479877997
eISBN:
9781479861439
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479877997.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, Medical Anthropology

Chapter 2 focuses on the economic motivations of healthy volunteers. Drawing upon the concept of imbricated stigma, it describes how social inequalities shape participants’ views of Phase I trials. ... More


Speculating on Health

Jill A. Fisher

in Adverse Events: Race, Inequality, and the Testing of New Pharmaceuticals

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781479877997
eISBN:
9781479861439
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479877997.003.0010
Subject:
Anthropology, Medical Anthropology

While healthy volunteers are concerned about the risks of studies, they are often much more vocal about the economic risk of not qualifying for studies. This chapter examines how being disqualified ... More


Conclusion: The Social Inequality of Adverse Events

Jill A. Fisher

in Adverse Events: Race, Inequality, and the Testing of New Pharmaceuticals

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781479877997
eISBN:
9781479861439
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479877997.003.0011
Subject:
Anthropology, Medical Anthropology

The book’s conclusion reflects on the political and economic context of US Phase I trials. A society characterized by deeply imbricated stigmas ensures that there will always be healthy volunteers ... More


Adverse Events: Race, Inequality, and the Testing of New Pharmaceuticals

Jill A. Fisher

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781479877997
eISBN:
9781479861439
Item type:
book
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479877997.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Medical Anthropology

Phase I clinical trials test the safety and tolerability of new pharmaceuticals and typically pay healthy people to enroll as research participants. In addition to being exposed to the risks of ... More


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