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April 13, 1994

The Ethical Dimensions of the Biological Sciences

Author Affiliations

Denver University/Colorado University Consortium for Health Ethics and Policy Englewood

JAMA. 1994;271(14):1136. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510380094050

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"Ethics enters into basic questions that scientists face continuously, from their responsibilities to the human and animal subjects of their research to the social consequence of their discoveries," write the editors in their preface to The Ethical Dimensions of the Biological Sciences.

Relatively few scientists have had training in ethics. Discerning a need for formal instruction in ethics for those engaged in scientific studies and their applications, these three author-scientists have assembled a collection of readings on ten fundamental topics. They have supplemented the readings with introductory essays and reflective questions for discussion.

Examples of the topics are "The Roots of Honor and Integrity in Science," "Ethics of Authorship," "Research With Human Subjects," "Use of Animals," and "The Scientist and Industry." Each of the ten topics in turn is dealt with in several landmark essays, guidelines, papers, codes, or other significant work from a variety of accomplished commentators.

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