Frankfurt am Main: Medico International, ca. 1988. Printed card package, measuring 10.5 × 7 cm, containing eleven folded colored leaves, printed rectos and versos. Package lightly worn and cocked, a few flaps torn; contents fine.
A package that resembles a pharmaceutical medication, but contains "ten high-dosage informational cards, to educate about health, medicine and unnecessary deals with the wrong mediciine in the Third World." According to an issue of the Deutsches Ärzteblatt (German Physicians' Bulletin) dated November 1988, activists were encouraged to dress up as pharmaceutical sales reps in order to distribute the "medicine" in doctors' practices. The bulletin warns against this kind of activism, which is directed at pharmaceutical industry and the medical profession, as well as foreign economic aid and development policy. Medico International is an alternative human rights and medical aid organization established in 1968 and still active today (see www.medico.de). Its focus is on exposing the disingenuous responses to humanitarian crises and to expose the role played in such conflicts of war, commerce and international business interests. As of June 2020, we can only trace the copy at the German National Library in Frankfurt.
Book ID: P003972