Ethical Aspects of Experimentation on Human Subjects

Ethical Aspects of Experimentation on Human Subjects

With new surgical techniques, like heart transplants, and other experimental procedures becoming indispensable tools in prolonging human life, the issue of human experimentation became a matter of increasing public interest. The Academy created an interdisciplinary working group to study the ethics of human experimentation. Under the shadow of the memory of the Nazi years, the participants raised issues that were not only scientific and ethical, but also social, legal, and political, and that extended beyond medicine to experiments in psychology, education, and other areas of social policy. The working group’s papers were initially published in Dædalus in 1969.

Resulting Publication

  • Experimentation with Human Subjects, ed. Paul A. Freund. New York: George Braziller Inc., 1970. (out of print)

Project Data

  • PROJECT DATE: 1966-1970
  • PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Paul Freund (Harvard University)
  • SOURCE OF FUNDING: National Institutes of Health


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