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Moral Entanglements: The Ancillary-Care Obligations of Medical Researchers

Henry S. Richardson


Interacting innocently with others, we can become morally entangled with their affairs, despite neither party having intended this. This route to obligation—underexplored by moral philosophers—is of great practical importance to those engaged in medical research on human subjects. Medical researchers encounter all sorts of medical needs in their human subjects. Malaria researchers working in rural Africa may encounter malaria, schistosomiasis, HIV, and other diseases. Brain-scan studies in high-tech research hospitals may reveal suspicious anomalies in the brains of normal volunteers. These su ... More

Keywords: bioethics, research ethics, ancillary care, role obligations, moral entanglements, privacy rights, beneficence, developing countries

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195388930
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388930.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Henry S. Richardson, author