Patients in the North, Guinea Pigs in the South

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The North has established extremely strict principles and regulations in the field of human medical experimentation, demanding enlightened consent from patients recruited on a volunteer basis.

But do these principles apply in the South, with its ineffective and non-existent ethical commissions? And where medical trials are frequently the only way poorer patients can gain access to treatments that would otherwise be financially out of reach? How then does one become involved in such experiments in Nigeria, Thailand, Senegal, or in Europe?

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