Booktivism! Great Books on Pharma!

Leonore Tiefer and a dedicated group of folks hosted a recent Selling Sickness conference. They also took the time to gather up a number of important books and make a Booktivism PDF that can be used as a reader’s guide and a bookgroup launching point – including orienting questions. Do check it out, it is a great model and includes Drugs for Life.

Anthropologists and Science & Technology Scholars have been exploring the drug industry as well. For instance, this syllabus by Stefan Ecks on the Anthropology of Pharmaceuticals (2011-12).

on Pharmaceutical Cultures, see the 2012 special issue of Culture, Medicine & Psychiatry written up here in Somatosphere. Also the special issue from 2006 with this editorial by Nate Greenslit and myself.

Check out these books:

Jeremy Greene, Prescribing by Numbers: Drugs and the Definition of Disease

Adriana Petryna, When Experiments Travel: Clinical Trials and the Global Search for Human Subjects

Petrya, Lakoff & Kleinman, Global Pharmaceuticals: Ethics, Markets, Practices

 

 

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