Selling your body
Serial study participant, Kate Mandeville, talks about her experiences of selling her body for research
- By: Kate Mandeville
As I coughed up blood in the shower for the fourth time that morning, I thought once again, “Why am I doing this to myself?” I had just finished my first bronchoscopy, as part of a study looking into the effects of the cold virus on people with asthma. For three bronchoscopies and a nasty cold I would receive £500 ($900; a750). With money like this on offer, it is easy to see why so many medical students are taking part in scientific studies and experiments.
Many experiments requiring human volunteers come from departments attached to hospitals, and adverts calling for “able bodied participants” and offering compensation for time and expenses, often reach a pool of willing medical students. The flexible hours, long holidays, and poor finances of most medical students make these studies enticing.
Friends often pass on tips about the best studies available. There are even medical urban