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Lesser Harms: The Morality of Risk in Medical Research

Sydney A. Halpern


Research physicians face intractable dilemmas when they consider introducing new medical procedures. Innovations carry the promise of preventing or curing life-threatening diseases, but they can also lead to injury or even death. How have clinical scientists made high-stakes decisions about undertaking human tests of new medical treatments? This book explores this issue as it examines vaccine trials in America during the early and mid-twentieth century. Today's scientists follow federal guidelines for research on human subjects developed during the 1960s and 1970s. But long before these govern ... More

Keywords: research physicians, medical procedures, innovations, life-threatening diseases, injury, death, clinical scientists, vaccine trials, federal guidelines, government regulations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780226314518
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226314532.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sydney A. Halpern, author