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Dark Medicine: Rationalizing Unethical Medical Research - Bioethics and the Humanities (Paperback)
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Dark Medicine: Rationalizing Unethical Medical Research - Bioethics and the Humanities (Paperback)

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Paperback 280 Pages / Published: 17/07/2008
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The trial of the "German doctors" exposed atrocities of Nazi medical science and led to the Nuremberg Code governing human experimentation. In Japan, Unit 731 carried out hideous experiments on captured Chinese and downed American pilots. In the United States, stories linger of biological experimentation during the Korean War. This collection of essays looks at the dark medical research conducted during and after World War II. Contributors describe this research, how it was brought to light, and the rationalizations of those who perpetrated and benefited from it.

Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253220417
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 27 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm


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. . . a fascinating and timely new book . . . The take-home message of the 16 contributors to Dark Medicine is that a nation's books on past episodes of unethical practice should never be fully closed, and that ethical committees in science and medicine should never neglect the historical perspective of their own and other countries. * New Scientist *
Most of the articles were noteworthy insofar as they provoked the reader to ruminateon the underlying similarities between rationalizations. Since this is the first book of its kind, it provides a handy starting point for scholars working in bioethics and, in particular, research ethics. Each article is well documented with references, and the collection includes helpful introductory and concluding essays.Winter 2008 -- Stephen Napier * National Catholic Bioethics Center *
Lafleur and his coeditors have assembled a very useful group of essays looking at the abuse of medical research in wartime Japan and Germany, as well as in postwar America. . . . Recommended. * Choice *
This set of powerful essays sheds light on medicine and its practitioners past, present and future and questions the headlong plunge of developed and developing societies into more and more aggressive technological attacks on illness to preserve life itself. It is truly worthwhile reading.
Certain books make you reconsider your views even though you really would rather not. This edited collection is one of those... It is truly worthwhile reading.2010, Volume 7 * Bioethical Inquiry *
. . . This collection of essays lends relevance to this dark history in a way no computerized module on human subjects protection can.2008 -- Preeti N. Malani, MD, MSJ * Veterans Affairs Healthcare System Ann Arbor, UMI *
. . . Framed by the belief that unethical research is not simply a problem of the past, Dark Medicine lends thoughtful historical content to the discussion of modern-day dilemmas. The result is a unique fusion of philosophy, religion, history, and bioethics.2008; 300(10) -- John L. Zeller, MD, PhD * Contributing Editor *
'Dark Medicine: Rationalizing Unethical Medical Research' explores the mystery of how apparently upstanding citizens can engage in appalling human research experiments. . . . The book's premise is that rationalization is at the heart of the problem. Physicians and scientists did not participate in the Nazi atrocities because of incompetence, madness or coercion; they participated because they convinced themselves that it was the right thing to do. . .August 2010 -- Norman M. Goldfarb * Managing Director of First Clinical Research LLC *
[T]his volume raises some of the most profound issues in the history of medical research. . . . important issues are raised that should be considered by everyone who is interested in the history and ethics of medicine and medical research.August 1, 2009 -- Charles W. Lidz * University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester *
. . . important issues are raised that should be considered by everyone who is interested in the history and ethics of medicine and medical research.August 2009 -- Charles W. Lidz * Ph.D. *
A fascinating and timely new book . . . The take-home message of the 16 contributors to Dark Medicine is that a nation's books on past episodes of unethical practice should never be fully closed, and that ethical committees in science and medicine should never neglect the historical perspective of their own and other countries. * New Scientist *

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