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Value Practices in the Life Sciences and Medicine$
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Isabelle Dussauge, Claes-Fredrik Helgesson, and Francis Lee

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199689583

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689583.001.0001

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The moral economy of a miracle drug

The moral economy of a miracle drug

On exchange relationships between medical science and the pharmaceutical industry in the 1940s

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(p.49) 3 The moral economy of a miracle drug
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Value Practices in the Life Sciences and Medicine
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Christer Nordlund

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689583.003.0003

This chapter sheds light on the flexibility of the moral economy of pharmaceutical research and development (R&D) in the first half of the twentieth century by exploring the science and selling of a hormone drug for sterility treatment (human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG)), which received a considerable amount of attention when it was launched in Sweden in the 1940s. The analysis focuses on more or less hidden exchange relationships between medical science and the pharmaceutical industry and three types of practices that these relationships facilitated—conceptualized as consultation, procurement, and mediation—as well as the values these practices incorporated or gave rise to.

Keywords:   moral economy, exchange relationships, hormones, pharmaceutical industry, sterility treatment

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