Ethically impossible


Ethically impossible : STD research in Guatemala from 1946 to 1948

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Alternative: STD research in Guatemala from 1946 to 1948

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Series: Presidential commission for the study of bioethical issues


United States. Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.




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Washington, D.C, Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, [2011]


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"September 2011"

In response to a request by President Barak Obama on November 24, 2010, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues oversaw a thorough fact-finding investigation into the specifics of the U.S. Public Health Service-led studies in Guatemala involving the intentional exposure and infection of vulnerable populations. Following a nine-month intensive investigation, the Commission has concluded that the Guatemala experiments involved gross violations of ethics as judged against both the standards of today and the researchers' own understanding of applicable contemporaneous practices. It is the Commission's firm belief that many of the actions undertaken in Guatemala were especially egregious moral wrongs because many of the individuals involved held positions of public institutional responsibility. The best thing we can do as a country when faced with a dark chapter is to bring it to light. The Commission has worked hard to provide an unvarnished ethical analysis to both honor the victims and make sure events such as these never happen again.


(John Charles), , 1915-2003 , Bioethics , Cutler, John C , Ethics , Ethics, Medical , Ethics, Research , Guatemala , History , History, 20th Century , Human Experimentation , Human experimentation in medicine , Moral and ethical aspects , Online book , Public Health Service , Research , Serologic Tests , Sexually transmitted diseases , Transmission , United States

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QH332 .U86272 September 2011




DOI: https://doi.org/10.5962/bhl.title.119057
GPO: 0851-J-12 (online)
NLM: WC 140
OCLC: 761081121


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