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Epilogue

in Contested Medicine

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780226465319
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226465333 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226465333.003.0010
Epilogue

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This chapter follows the Eugene Saenger case to a civil suit brought by some of the families of Saenger's patients. The civil suit did not develop a legal judgment in the Saenger case since the attorneys reached an out-of-court settlement in May 1999. The obituaries that followed Saenger's death hardly settled the controversies surrounding the case. After more than forty years, the Saenger case has continued to escape effective closure. His peers had ongoing concerns about his research, but they always sought to try to discipline his program, rather than putting a stop to it. It can be stated that the Saenger case should not be understood entirely as a problem of science and medicine during the coldwar because it touches on issues that more generally pervade much of medical research. It dramatically brings to light the problematic character of experimenting on human subjects.

Keywords: civil suit; Eugene Saenger; science; medicine; coldwar; medical research; human subjects

Chapter.  1938 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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