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    Zachary M. Schrag

    • The Ethical Imperialism of Moral Science

      Posted on January 4, 2012

      In December, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues released a 200-page report, Moral Science: Protecting Participants in Human Subjects in Research. Continuing a decades-old tradition, the report treats medical experimentation as the model for all research with human beings, ignoring the rights and responsibilities of researchers in other fields. By doing so, it… Read more

    • Obama’s Impossible Request

      Posted on January 19, 2011

      The world learned last fall of a shocking lapse in medical research ethics. Historian Susan Reverby had uncovered documents showing that in the late 1940s, U.S. and Guatemalan researchers had intentionally infected Guatemalan prisoners, soldiers, and mental patients with syphilis in order to study penicillin’s ability to prevent transmission of the disease. The researchers deliberately… Read more

    • Belmont’s Ethical Malpractice

      Posted on November 30, 2010

      “The language of the biomedical model lends itself to ethical malpractice.” With these words, Albert Reiss condemned the 1978 Belmont Report. The report, he complained in a 1979 essay, reduced “people” to “subjects” and required procedures – such as risk-benefit analysis – that were inapplicable to research that did not resemble medical experiments. Reiss was… Read more