Gelling medical knowledge: innovative pharmaceuticals, experience, and perceptions of efficacy.

@article{Saethre2010GellingMK,
  title={Gelling medical knowledge: innovative pharmaceuticals, experience, and perceptions of efficacy.},
  author={Eirik J Saethre and Jonathan James Stadler},
  journal={Anthropology & medicine},
  year={2010},
  volume={17 1},
  pages={99-111}
}
As new pharmaceutical products to combat the acquisition of HIV are produced, their clinical efficacy is determined through large-scale clinical trials. Trial participants, however, also independently evaluate the effectiveness of these technologies. During a phase III microbicide clinical trial in Johannesburg, South Africa, female participants acknowledged that although the gel had not yet been clinically proven to be efficacious, they believed that it was capable of healing infections… CONTINUE READING

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