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epistemology

Hydroxychloroquine Controversies: Clinical Trials, Epistemology, and the Democratization of Science

November 19, 2020 - 13:23 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Berlivet L, Löwy I
Reference: 
Med Anthropol Q. 2020 Nov 18

The claim that anti-malaria drugs, chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, can cure COVID-19 became a focus of fierce political battles that pitted promoters of these pharmaceuticals, Presidents Bolsonaro and Trump among them, against "medical elites." At the center of these battles are different meanings of effectiveness in medicine, the complex role of randomized clinical trials (RCTs) in proving such effectiveness, the task of medical experts and the state in regulating pharmaceuticals, patients' activism, and the collective production of medical knowledge.

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