<b> <i>Should We Provide Healthy Children with Greater Protection in Medical Research?</i> </b>

Lainie Friedman Ross

in Children in Medical Research

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780199273287
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603655 | DOI:

Series: Issues in Biomedical Ethics

  Should We Provide Healthy Children with Greater Protection in Medical Research?

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This chapter examines whether Subpart D of the federal regulations on human subject protections provides appropriate protection for all children, when research offers no prospect of direct benefit (also known as ‘nontherapeutic research’). It shows that Subpart D provides greater protection for healthy children and allows children who have a disorder or condition to be exposed to greater risk of harm. This double standard is unjust because the distribution of burdens falls disproportionately on children with a disorder or condition. Suggestions for revising the federal regulations are presented.

Keywords: healthy children; medical research; nontherapeutic research; risk; Subpart D

Chapter.  5066 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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