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Behind Closed Doors: IRBs and the Making of Ethical Research

Laura Stark


Although the subject of federally mandated institutional review boards (IRBs) has been extensively debated, we do not know much about what takes place when they convene. The story of how IRBs work today is a story about their past as well as their present, and this book melds firsthand observations of IRB meetings with the history of how rules for the treatment of human subjects were formalized in the United States in the decades after World War II. Drawing on extensive archival sources, it reconstructs the daily lives of scientists, lawyers, administrators, and research subjects working—and “ ... More

Keywords: institutional review boards, human subjects, group deliberation, political rights, stakeholders, historical contingencies, postwar era, decision making, hospitals

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226770864
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226770888.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura Stark, author