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Precarious ethics: Toxicology research among self-poisoning hospital admissions in Sri Lanka

Abstract:

Self-harm using poison is a serious public health problem across Asia. As part of a broader effort to tackle this problem, medical research involving randomised clinical trials are used to identify effective antidotes among patients who have ingested poison. On the basis of ethnographic material collected in rural hospitals in Sri Lanka between 2008 and 2009, this article describes the conduct of trials in this unusual and difficult context. It outlines three subject positions crucial to unde...

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10.1057/biosoc.2012.34

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Population Health
Role:
Author
Journal:
BIOSOCIETIES
Volume:
8
Issue:
1
Pages:
41-57
Publication date:
2013-03-05
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EISSN:
1745-8560
ISSN:
1745-8552
URN:
uuid:00daa870-e844-458a-aa82-f3dd4babdc04
Source identifiers:
388794
Local pid:
pubs:388794

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