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March 17, 1975

Medical News

JAMA. 1975;231(11):1123-1132. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03240230001001

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Questions of ethics dominate debate at special NAS hearing  A number of physicians, lawyers, and other concerned individuals met at Washington recently in an attempt to help the biomedical community come to grips with new developments in the field of medical ethics, such as

  • The new "Ethics Commission" of the US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) that will make its first report in May on fetal research. This report and other recommendations of the 11-member commission over the next two years are to serve as the basis for guidelines of HEW-funded medical research, but are expected to have far wider influence.

  • Increasing awareness of civil rights and responsibilities is affecting the traditional sources of volunteers for clinical experiments—the military, prisoners, and the poor. Amid alarm at the disappearance of these sources, there are calls to shift some of the burden to the middle class. (JAMA Medical News