"This fascinating and most timely criticalmedical anthropology study successfully binds two still emergent areas of
contemporary anthropological research in the global world: the nature and
significant impact of multinational pharmaceutical manufacturers on human
social life everywhere, and the contribution of corporations to the fast-paced
degradation of our life support system, planet Earth. . . . Focusing on a
pharmaceutically-impacted town on the colonized island of Puerto Rico, Dietrich
ably demonstrates the value of ethnography carried out in small places in
framing the large issues facing humanity."