Views & Reviews Review of the Week

Trading in lives

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a2326 (Published 30 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2326
  1. Khalid Ali, senior lecturer in geriatrics
  1. 1Brighton and Sussex Medical School
  1. Khalid.Ali{at}bsuh.nhs.uk

    A film about black market trade in vaccines shows Khalid Ali that medicine and business don’t always mix

    The principle of medicine is to save lives, and doctors are the missionaries of health, but do these ideals always hold true? The Market: A Tale of Trade shows that in this age of global capitalism, saving lives can be a commodity for sale in the black market.

    The film is set in the mid-90s in a rural part of eastern Turkey. Mirham is a small town entrepreneur, played by Tayanç Ayaydin, who is always searching for ways to make …

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