Sheldon Krimsky: Science in the Private Interest - Has the Lure of Profits Corrupted Biomedical Research?

Science in the Private Interest

Has the Lure of Profits Corrupted Biomedical Research?

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por Sheldon Krimsky

Sobre o Autor
SHELDOM KRIMSKY é profesor de política e planeamento ambiental da Tufts University. É autor de seis libros e preto de 100 ensaios e revisións.   


Something has changed in the culture and values of academic science over the last quarter-century. University science is now entangled with entrepreneurship, and researchers with a commercial interest are caught in an ethical quandary. How can an academic scientist honor knowledge for its own sake, while also using knowledge as a means to generate wealth? Science in the Private Interest investigates the trends and effects of modern, commercialized academic science.

This book dives unhesitatingly into some of modern science's messiest and most urgent questions. How did scientists begin choosing proprietary gain over the pursuit of knowledge? What effects have academic-corporate partnerships had on the quality and integrity of science? And, most importantly, how does this affect the public?


Table of Contents

Foreword - By Ralph Nader
Introduction
Stories of the Unholy Alliance
University-Industry Collaborations
Knowledge as Property
The Changing Ethos of Science
The Redemption of Federal Advisory Committees
Professors Incorporated
Conflicts of Interest
A Question of Bias
The Scientific Journals
The Demise of Public Science
Prospects for a New Moral Sensibility in Academia
Conclusion: Reinvesting in Public Interest Science