Palgrave Macmillan and the editorial team have selected this set of papers from the archive of the journal to give a representative sample of the best of our content.

These papers, listed in chronological order, are available free to read and download.

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  1. The rise of genetic couplehood? A comparative view of premarital genetic testing FREE

    Barbara Prainsack and Gil Siegal

  2. The many meanings of the placebo effect: Where they came from, why they matter FREE

    Anne Harrington

  3. Biopower today FREE

    Paul Rabinow and Nikolas Rose

  4. The pharmaceutical person FREE

    Emily Martin

  5. The Political Economy of Hope: Patients' Organizations, Science and Biovalue FREE

    Carlos Novas

  6. Clinical trials offshored: On private sector science and public health FREE

    Adriana Petryna

  7. The Right Patients for the Drug: Managing the Placebo Effect in Antidepressant Trials FREE

    Andrew Lakoff

  8. Participation and the new governance of life FREE

    Herbert Gottweis

  9. Toward a cultural biology of addiction FREE

    Howard Kushner

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