via Redstate;NIH Accused Of Hiding Life and Health Risks In Medical Research
streiff (Diary) |
Medical research on human subjects it is an area of science that is fraught with ethical peril. Patients must be fully informed of all benefits and risks through a process of informed consent. But all human subjects are not alike. An educated person suffering from a relatively mild condition can probably make a solid choice for their own treatment. A person with a life threatening disease will often grasp at straws. Witness the Laetrile clinics that once populated the US-Mexico border and preyed upon desperate people. Even smart and well connected people put their commonsense in a lockbox in life and death situations. Steve Jobs, for instance, probably shortened his own life by relying on “alternative” medicine. When a parent is trying to save a extremely ill and fragile child the same effect kicks in. When you couple this with the way were are culturally taught to trust doctors and nurses, you have a population that must be treated as extremely vulnerable to abuse.
Thank You Streiff and Redstate.