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The Making of Ethical Research

The Making of Ethical Research

(p.159) Conclusion The Making of Ethical Research
Behind Closed Doors
Laura Stark
University of Chicago Press

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the role of institutional review boards (IRBs) in designing the U.S. government rules for the treatment of human subjects in research after World War II. It highlights the influence of the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) postwar strategy on the way clinical and social science is regulated today. It also suggests that the decision making process of the IRBs can be considered systematic because they offer warrants, apply precedents, scrutinize documents, and produce records of their own.

Keywords:   institutional review boards, human subjects, United States, National Institutes of Health, decision making process, warrants

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