The Body Hunters (Paperback)
Testing New Drugs on the World's Poorest Patients
New Press, 9781595582140, 242pp.
Publication Date: October 30, 2007
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Hailed by John le Carre as "an act of courage on the part of its author" and singled out for praise by the leading medical journals in the United States and the United Kingdom, The Body Hunters
uncovers the real-life story behind le Carre's acclaimed novel The Constant Gardener
and the feature film based on it.
"A trenchant expose . . . meticulously researched and packed with documentary evidence" (Publishers Weekly
), Sonia Shah's riveting journalistic account shines a much-needed spotlight on a disturbing new global trend. Drawing on years of original research and reporting in Africa and Asia, Shah examines how the multinational pharmaceutical industry, in its quest to develop lucrative drugs, has begun exporting its clinical research trials to the developing world, where ethical oversight is minimal and desperate patients abound. As the New England Journal of Medicine
notes, "it is critical that those engaged in drug development, clinical research and its oversight, research ethics, and policy know about these stories," which tell of an impossible choice being faced by many of the world's poorest patients--be experimented upon or die for lack of medicine.
About the Author
Sonia Shah is an independent journalist and the author of Crude: The Story of Oil. Her articles have appeared in Salon, Playboy, and The Nation, and have been widely anthologized. A 2005 investigative journalism fellow of The Nation Institute, she lives in Boston, Massachusetts. John le Carre is the author of numerous bestselling novels. He lives in Cornwall, England.