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The Ethics of Pediatric Research

David Wendler


Millions of children suffer from diseases and illnesses who do not have adequate treatment. And many other children are harmed by medicines intended to help them. To protect and help these children society needs to conduct pediatric research. Yet, critics and courts have argued that it is unethical to expose children to research risks for the benefit of others. They argue that this practice violates our obligation to protect children and exploits them for the benefit of others. In this way, clinical research with children poses what appears to be an irresolvable dilemma: either we can protect ... More

Keywords: children, research, human interests, autonomy, vulnerable subjects, pediatric research, contribution, well-being, exploitation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199730087
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730087.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Wendler, author
Department of Bioethics, NIH Clinical Center