Evidence, Ethos and Experiment

Evidence, Ethos and Experiment

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Medical research has been central to biomedicine in Africa for over a century, and Africa, along with other tropical areas, has been crucial to the development of medical science. At present, study populations in Africa participate in an increasing number of medical research projects and clinical trials, run by both public institutions and private companies. Global debates about the politics and ethics of this research are growing and local concerns are prompting calls for social studies of the qtrial communitiesq produced by this scientific work. Drawing on rich, ethnographic and historiographic material, this volume represents the emergent field of anthropological inquiry that links Africanist ethnography to recent concerns with science, the state, and the culture of late capitalism in Africa.You could choose a sample of children known to be at risk for pneumonia and randomly assign them to receive the new ... Such an RCT design could provide evidence of the new vaccinea#39;s efficacy a€“ how well it can work under ideal conditions (Last 1995). ... It gets more difficult if the researchers have to continue assessing children for months or years, during which time ... Experimental researchers often go to extraordinary lengths to minimise these potential threats to their design:anbsp;...

Title:Evidence, Ethos and Experiment
Author:P. Wenzel Geissler, Catherine Molyneux
Publisher:Berghahn Books - 2011-09-15


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