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The Limits of Consent: A socio-ethical approach to human subject research in medicine

Oonagh Corrigan, John McMillan, Kathleen Liddell, Martin Richards, and Charles Weijer


Since its inception as an international requirement to protect patients and healthy volunteers taking part in medical research, informed consent has become the primary consideration in research ethics. Despite the ubiquity of consent, however, scholars have begun to question its adequacy for contemporary biomedical research. This book explores this issue, reviewing the application of consent to genetic research, clinical trials, and research involving vulnerable populations. For example, in genetic research, information obtained from an autonomous research participant may have significant bear ... More

Keywords: medical research, consent, biomedical research, genetic research, clinical trials, vulnerable populations, informed consent, individual autonomy

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199231461
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231461.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Oonagh Corrigan, editor
Senior Lecturer in Clinical Education Research, Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Plymouth, UK

John McMillan, editor
Senior Lecturer in Medical Ethics, Philosophy Department and Hull York Medical School, University of Hull, UK

Kathleen Liddell, editor
University Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, UK

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Oonagh Corrigan, John McMillan, and Charles Weijer

Chapter 2 Trust and exploitation in clinical research

Paul B. Miller, and Charles Weijer

Chapter 3 Consent and private liability in clinical research

Paul B. Miller, and Josephine Johnston

Chapter 8 Consenting older adults: research as a virtuous relationship

Julian C. Hughes, Erica Haimes, Lorraine Summerville, Karen Davies, Joanna Collerton, and Thomas B.L. Kirkwood

Consent and beyond: some conclusions

Kathleen Liddell, and Martin Richards

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