Ethical Judgment

in Contested Medicine

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780226465319
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226465333 | DOI:
Ethical Judgment

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This chapter follows in detail Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments (ACHRE)'s deliberations in the Eugene Saenger case. President Bill Clinton created the ACHRE to assess the history of government-sponsored radiation experiments during the coldwar. The reasons that ACHRE could not reach a definitive judgment in the Saenger case arose in part from its reputed strengths and commanding position. ACHRE looked at how to fulfill its role as an arm of political authority and still maintain its support for the rights of individuals and the plurality of community positions. It produced an analysis of Saenger's research program. ACHRE's account of Saenger's research was anything but the last word on an affair that had already lasted more than three decades and drawn numerous individuals into its web. Saenger still faced a civil suit brought by family members of his patients and the judgment of some of his harshest critics.

Keywords: Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments; Eugene Saenger; President Bill Clinton; coldwar; definitive judgment; political authority

Chapter.  9185 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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