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May 16, 1931


JAMA. 1931;96(20):1712-1714. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720460058022

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Criteria for Therapeutics and for Performing Scientific Experiments on Man  Criteria have been proposed by the federal ministry of the interior, on the basis of suggestions of the federal health council, with reference to the conduct of physicians. These will, no doubt, be regarded in the future by the trial judge as establishing a trend or precedent. The essential content of these criteria is expressed in the following:Medical science cannot renounce the right and privilege, in suitable cases, to try out therapeutic applications of new remedies and procedures that are not yet adequately tested. Nor can scientific experiments on human beings be entirely dispensed with, since otherwise progress in the recognition, cure and prevention of disorders would be retarded. In view of these rights accorded the physician, there rests on him the obligation of bearing in mind his grave responsibility for the life and health of every person whom

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