What Were They Thinking?
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John Macdonald, July 2010).4 What courage it took for that physician not to allow a vaccine that had the potential to help millions of children be tested on those who could not make an informed decision for themselves.
In the case of “medical experiments” there are now stringent rules and regulations regarding recruitment of patients for clinical trials. Why did we need these rules? Has life become so meaningless that groups of people are expendable? What if a member of your family were in such a study? We cannot allow this to happen ever again, but to do this we must treat each other as we ourselves would want to be treated.
I still wonder—What were they thinking?
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1) U.S. Apologizes for Study of STDs. USA Today. October 2, 2010.
2) Gray FD. The Tuskegee Syphilis Study: The Real Story and Beyond. Montgomery, AL: New South Books; 1998.
3) Spitz V. Doctors from Hell: The Horrific Account of Nazi Experiments on Humans. Boulder, CO: Sentient Publications; 1995.
4) Wiesel E. Without Conscience, Foreword. In: Spitz V. Doctors from Hell: The Horrific Account of Nazi Experiments on Humans. Boulder, CO: Sentient Publications; 1995:xviii.