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Guinea Pig Zero: An Anthology of the Journal for Human Research Subjects

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Examines the medical human research industry from the point of view of the researched. Written by human test research subjects (also known as 'guinea pigs'), this book includes stories about flipping out on Prozac, sleep deprivation and gene therapy. It also investigates the history of human test research.
Paperback, 260 pages
Published February 8th 2005 by Garrett County Press (first published May 2002)
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HeavyReader
Jun 22, 2007 HeavyReader rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: human research subjects and people fascinated with that line of work
Shelves: based-on-zines
This is the collection of the best writing from the Guinea Pig Zero zine that was regularly published in the mid 90s. The zine is no longer published, but here's the link to the website http://www.guineapigzero.com/

Here's Guinea Pig Zero's statement of purpose, taken from the website

"Guinea Pig Zero is an occupational jobzine for people who are used as medical or pharmaceutical research subjects. Its various sections are devoted to bioethics, historical facts, current news and research, evaluati
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Leew49
Dec 25, 2016 Leew49 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science, politics
Though technically an anthology, this book is for the most part the work of Robert Helms, a professional medical research volunteer ("guinea pig" is his term of preference), who for several years edited an online zine by the same name as the book. There is nevertheless a surprisingly wide selection of subject matter: "report cards" of various medical research facilities written by several human guinea pigs--Helms, of course, among them--descriptions of failed and sometimes fatal medical experime ...more
Amber
Sep 18, 2008 Amber rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This book was pretty fascinating. It is excepts from the zine of the same title that was written by human test subjects for medical research projects. There are write-ups about experiences and ratings of various facilities. Before reading Guinea Pig Zero I didn't realize that there were people who did this for a living rather than some quick cash on the side. It seems totally insane to continually hand over your body for testing of chemicals that may not even been intended for you (anti-depressa ...more
Artnoose Noose
Apr 27, 2010 Artnoose Noose rated it really liked it
As the title says, this is an anthology of articles Bob Helms wrote for his long-running zine Guinea Pig Zero. He writes almost exclusively about people who are subjects of medical experiments. Most like him are doing so professionally, but he also has articles about prisoners across the decades who have been non-consenting subjects. The tone is in general that of advocacy, as there are a number of articles about injustices in the medical research field. Slightly grotesque for the squeamish at t ...more
Shenanitims
Sep 11, 2011 Shenanitims rated it really liked it
I loved this book. I read a lot of zines growing up, and had heard about it, I knew what it was, but our paths had never crossed. And here it is, neatly trimmed and wrapped in book form. Stories about people selling their bodies to science, while still retaining their identities. While they do gripe about processes and the usual work-related issues (doctors/nurses thinking they know everything, etc.), the contributors are also willing to give credit where credit is due. Making the book a more ba ...more
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