Johanna Gibson’ s “Intellectual Property, Medicine and Health: Current Debates” is an ambitious attempt to bridge the gap between IPR (largely patents) and the ethical, moral and philosophical issues which should influence global access to innovations in health. This intent is noteworthy and timely, as the complexities are important to address and there is an urgent need for clear-headed strategy. However, disappointingly, the book largely fails, as it is a rambling polemic that lacks focus, clarity and originality. Wading through the thicket of verbiage becomes so daunting that whatever message might be present is lost. The book also is flawed in its skewed interpretation of IP law and lack of forward vision. As such, it mostly stands as a rehashing of previous material, adding little in the way of new analyses or suggested strategic options.
Journal of Commercial Biotechnology
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Stanley P. Kowalski, "Intellectual Property, Medicine and Health: Current debates," 16 J. of Comm. Biotech., 191 (2010) (book review).