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Acculturating Human Experimentation: An Empirical Survey in France

Philippe Amiel, Séverine Mathieu and Anne Fagot-Largeault

in The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy: A Forum for Bioethics and Philosophy of Medicine

Published on behalf of The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy Inc.

Volume 26, issue 3, pages 285-298
Published in print January 2001 | ISSN: 0360-5310
Published online January 2001 | e-ISSN: 1744-5019 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1076/jmep.26.3.285.3022
Acculturating Human Experimentation: An Empirical Survey in France

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Preliminary results of an empirical study of human experimentation practices are presented and contrasted with those of a survey conducted a hundred years ago when clinical research, although tolerated, was culturally deviant. Now that biomedical research is both authorized and controlled, its actors (sponsors, committees, investigators, subjects) come out with heterogeneous rationalities, and they appear to be engaged in a transactional process of negotiating their rationales with one another. In the European context “protective” of subjects, surprisingly the subjects we interviewed (and especially patient-subjects) were creative and revealed an aptitude for integrating experimental medicine into common culture.

Keywords: clinical trials; empirical research; Europe; human experimentation; informed consent

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