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Gerald Kutcher

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226465319

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226465333.001.0001

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Ethical Judgment

Ethical Judgment

(p.193) 8 Ethical Judgment
Contested Medicine
University of Chicago Press

This chapter follows in detail Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments (ACHRE)'s deliberations in the Eugene Saenger case. President Bill Clinton created the ACHRE to assess the history of government-sponsored radiation experiments during the coldwar. The reasons that ACHRE could not reach a definitive judgment in the Saenger case arose in part from its reputed strengths and commanding position. ACHRE looked at how to fulfill its role as an arm of political authority and still maintain its support for the rights of individuals and the plurality of community positions. It produced an analysis of Saenger's research program. ACHRE's account of Saenger's research was anything but the last word on an affair that had already lasted more than three decades and drawn numerous individuals into its web. Saenger still faced a civil suit brought by family members of his patients and the judgment of some of his harshest critics.

Keywords:   Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments, Eugene Saenger, President Bill Clinton, coldwar, definitive judgment, political authority

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