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The Cuban Cure: Reason and Resistance in Global Science

S. M. Reid-Henry


After Fidel Castro came to power in 1959, his second declaration, after socialism, was that Cuba would become a leader in international science. In biotechnology he would be proven right and, today, Cuba counts a meningitis B vaccine and cutting-edge cancer therapies to its name. But how did this politically and geographically isolated country make such impressive advances? Drawing on a unique ethnography, and blending the insights of anthropology, sociology, and geography, this book shows how Cuba came to compete with U. S. pharmaceutical giants—despite a trade embargo and crippling national ... More

Keywords: Fidel Castro, socialism, Cuba, biotechnology, cancer therapies, meningitis B vaccine, pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology research, biomedical science

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780226709178
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226709192.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

S. M. Reid-Henry, author