Comparative Effectiveness Research — Ethical Problems

“Comparative effectiveness research” (CER) was an acrimonious issue in 2009 during the heated debate about “Obamacare”. Its promoters describe CER as: “dedicated to improving decision making about health care. Real-world interventions in real-world settings, and comparisons of new interventions to the most . . . Continue reading →

UCSD Researchers Disregard Human Subject Protections

Millions of people around the world participate in research trials each year, whether for personal, financial or humanitarian reasons. They submit their DNA, organs, body chemistry or personal history to studies that aim to better society. A substantive investigative news report by . . . Continue reading →

Patient H.M. Dark Roots and Dubious Ethics: Neuroscience Research Methods

The patient, H.M. as he has been widely known within the neuropsychological literature for more than five decades was Henry Molaison whose identity was made public only after his death in 2008. Luke Dittrich is an award winning journalist whose recently published . . . Continue reading →

N.I.H. Seeks OK to Fund Human-Animal Stem Cell Experiments

Beware the month of August – when Congress and many citizens are vacationing! Government bureaucrats favor August to issue announcements about radical medical research policy changes, for which taxpayer money is sought. They do so, to avoid public controversy about public funding of radical experimentation…

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2006: Fake Blood Experiments Without Consent: Is Your City Participating? FDA: Closed Door Meeting

Scientists and entrepreneurs have tried for years to develop a safe and universal blood substitute that did not spoil after 42 days. However, all such efforts have encountered serious safety problems.
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1998: Doing Harm: Research on the Mentally Ill, a prize winning research expose by The Boston Globe In November, 1998, the first of a four-part series by Robert Whitaker and Dolores Kong shed light on the abusive research parameters of non-therapeutic experiments conducted . . . Continue reading →

August 20, 1947: Judgment at Nuremberg

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Nuremberg Code

August 20, 1947: Judgment at Nuremberg: 16 out of 23 doctors were found guilty of crimes against humanity. The Nuremberg verdict also set forth the parameters of “Permissible Medical Experiments” known as the Nuremberg Code. The Nuremberg Code laid the foundation for biomedical . . . Continue reading →

1947: U.S. Government-Sponsored Human Experiments Disregard Nuremberg Standards

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Nuremberg Code

American public health officials and the medical community pretended that the Nuremberg Code did not apply to American medical researchers. The assumption was that the physicians who had conducted heinous experiments had been Nazi doctors in Germany; and they rationalized that most . . . Continue reading →

August 20, 1947: Judgment at Nuremberg

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Nuremberg Code

Judgment at Nuremberg All sixteen Nazi doctors were found guilty; seven were sentenced to death and executed, nine were convicted and sentenced to prison, and seven were acquitted. Karl Gebhardt was found guilty of “crimes against humanity” and war crimes for his . . . Continue reading →