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Books, Journals, New Media
August 3, 2005

Human Research

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.

JAMA. 2005;294(5):626-627. doi:10.1001/jama.294.5.626

Those who study the ethics of biomedical research need never wait long for salient examples that demonstrate the risks and challenges inherent to studies that employ human subjects. During the past decade, we have witnessed congressional hearings that highlight the struggle between the public need for disclosure of clinical trial results and the demands of patent owners for the protection of proprietary data. Recently, we have also been placed in the position of having to re-examine the risks and benefits of smallpox vaccine by applying our understanding of the vaccine’s hazards to the new, human-made indication of a potential terrorist attack. With these and other examples at hand, one can easily appreciate the timeliness and importance of Sydney Halpern’s book, Lesser Harms.

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