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p. 998. Is medical research the new imperialism?locked

  • Tony Hope

Abstract

‘Is medical research the new imperialism?’ looks at medical research guidelines beginning with the Nuremberg Code, which was incorporated by the medical profession into the Declaration of Helsinki, published in 1964 and last updated in 2000. These guidelines highlight four main issues: respect for the autonomy of the potential participants in research; the risk of harm; the value and quality of the research; and aspects of justice. It is shown that ‘risk of harm’ in medical research is more carefully controlled than it is in other areas of our lives. Comparison between research in rich countries and in the Third World is provided using the prevention of HIV transmission to infants in poor countries.

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