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Deflecting Responsibility

Deflecting Responsibility

Chapter:
(p.137) Six Deflecting Responsibility
Source:
Behind Closed Doors
Author(s):
Laura Stark
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226770888.003.0007

This chapter examines the work of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) in relation to human-subjects protections. It suggests that the leadership of the NIH on this front can be understood as an effort to deflect lawsuits away from Bethesda and toward other research sites. It also discusses the role of the NIH in creating the so-called expert groups and in the leading spread of human-subjects review committees to research institutions across the U.S. and abroad.

Keywords:   National Institutes of Health, human-subjects protections, lawsuits, research sites, expert groups, research institutions, United States

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