We were delighted to read the recent review by Martyn Pickersgill of Medical Proofs, Social Experiments: Clinical Trials in Shifting Contexts in Network – the magazine of the British Sociological Association.
Medical Proofs, Social Experiments is an excellent book that should and will find readership not only as a seminal collection on clinical trials but also as a locus for broader deabte in the sociology of health and illness, political sociology, and science and technology studies.
Medical Proofs, Social Experiments: Clinical Trials in Shifting Contexts is edited by Catherine Will, University of Sussex, and Tiago Moreira, Durham University.
Clinical trials have become key technologies for decision making in the contemporary world. Their results shape medical practice and determine priorities across health care systems, but the work that goes into producing credible data is often hidden. Medical Proofs, Social Experiments draws upon detailed case studies to argue that to understand their value, we need to pay more attention to the contexts for these modern medical experiments, recovering the diverse ways in which they involve doctors, patients and the public, the local practices that contribute to their completion, and the complex negotiation of their results in professional and statutory institutions.