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Beecher’s Bombshell: 50 Years Later, Still Reverberating

Among several seminal moments in the field of research ethics, Henry K. Beecher’s 1966 paper, “Ethics and Clinical Research” stands out for its breadth and scope. In what has come to be known in the field as Beecher’s Bombshell, the paper reported on 22 prominent studies that contained serious ethical issues; the impact of the “bombshell” has been felt throughout the field ever since.

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