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Rethinking the Ethics of Clinical Research: Widening the Lens

Alan Wertheimer


Clinical research requires that some people be used and possibly harmed for the benefit of others. What justifies such use of people? This book provides an in-depth philosophical analysis of several crucial issues in the ethics of clinical research. Much writing on the ethics of research with human subjects assumes that participation in research is a distinctive activity that requires distinctive moral principles. In most contexts, we allow people to choose the activities in which they engage. By contrast, people are permitted to participate in research only after IRBs determine that it is app ... More

Keywords: research ethics, informed consent, exploitation, paternalism, financial incentives, coercion, undue inducement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199743513
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199743513.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan Wertheimer, author