Where techno-science meets poverty: medical research and the economy of blood in The Gambia, West Africa.

@article{Fairhead2006WhereTM,
  title={Where techno-science meets poverty: medical research and the economy of blood in The Gambia, West Africa.},
  author={James R Fairhead and Melissa Leach and Mary Rose Small},
  journal={Social science & medicine},
  year={2006},
  volume={63 4},
  pages={1109-20}
}
This paper considers how internationally supported medical research is understood and interpreted by its actual and potential study subjects, exposing the limits to bioethical discourses amidst economic inequalities and contrasting socio-cultural worlds. It focuses on the Medical Research Council (MRC) Laboratories in The Gambia and particularly their Pneumococcal Vaccine Trial (PVT) that was conducted jointly with the Gambian government during 2001-2004. In many respects this was an exemplar… CONTINUE READING

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