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The Ethics of Pediatric Research

David Wendler

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780199730087
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199776689 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730087.001.0001
The Ethics of Pediatric Research

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Millions of children suffer from diseases and illnesses who do not have adequate treatment. And many other children are harmed by medicines intended to help them. To protect and help these children society needs to conduct pediatric research. Yet, critics and courts have argued that it is unethical to expose children to research risks for the benefit of others. They argue that this practice violates our obligation to protect children and exploits them for the benefit of others. In this way, clinical research with children poses what appears to be an irresolvable dilemma: either we can protect pediatric subjects from exploitation or we can protect pediatric patients from dangerous medicines, but not both. The present work, which is the first to systematically evaluate this dilemma, offers an original justification for pediatric research based on an in-depth analysis of when it is in our interests to help others.

Keywords: children; research; human interests; autonomy; vulnerable subjects; pediatric research; contribution; well-being; exploitation

Book.  344 pages. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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Introduction in The Ethics of Pediatric Research

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Background in The Ethics of Pediatric Research

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Evaluating the Worry in The Ethics of Pediatric Research

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Proposed Justifications in The Ethics of Pediatric Research

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Human Interests and Human Causes in The Ethics of Pediatric Research

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Our Connection to Our Contributions in The Ethics of Pediatric Research

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The Value of Passive Contributions in The Ethics of Pediatric Research

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Implications in The Ethics of Pediatric Research

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Objections and the Potential for Abuse in The Ethics of Pediatric Research

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Conclusion in The Ethics of Pediatric Research

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