Bioethics Blogs

The Fundamental Things Apply, As Time Goes By

by Anita Pascoe, MS, CIP, Project Coordinator at Intermountain Healthcare

PRIM&R is pleased to share a post from Anita Pascoe, MS, CIP, a member of the PRIM&R Blog Squad for the 2014 Advancing Ethical Research (AER) Conference. The PRIM&R Blog Squad is composed of PRIM&R members who will blog here, on Ampersand, about the conference to give our readers an inside peek of what happened December 4-7 in Baltimore, MD.

On December 7, the last day of the conference, Susan E. Lederer, PhD, the Robert Turell Professor of the History of Medicine and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, delivered an excellent keynote presentation titled “Beyond the Bombshell: The Legacy of Henry K. Beecher’s Call for Reform in Clinical Research Ethics.” Lederer put current human subjects research issues into historical perspective with stories about renowned physician and researcher Henry K. Beecher, a professor of anesthesiology who was involved with human subjects research at Massachusetts General Hospital in the 1960s. Beecher wrote a controversial 1966 article,‘‘Ethics and Clinical Research,’’ in which he issued a scathing critique of contemporary human subjects research practices. The article caused a significant stir in the scientific community at the time of its publication. The paper has since been recognized as one of the most influential papers related to human subjects research in the United States. Its publication also set the stage for the development of our current regulatory framework, which is to a large degree focused around the principle of informed consent.

The views, opinions and positions expressed by these authors and blogs are theirs and do not necessarily represent that of the Bioethics Research Library and Kennedy Institute of Ethics or Georgetown University.