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AFRICANGLOBE - From as far back as the early 1900s, large pharmaceutical companies have been using African countries as sites for clinical trials. In the early 1900s, we had the case of Dr Eugen Fischer, a professor of anthropology and the study of eugenics. Fischer, who later became a Nazi, performed sterilisation experiments on Herero women in Namibia, which at the time was occupied by Germany. His experiments were carried out largely on the children of mixed-race couples to provide justification to ban marriages between Germans and African women and men.