Summary: Asthma Study

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Mollie and Cherie,
You both provide some great examples of research studies that showcase ethical issues. Another one I came across is the death of Ellen Roche. She was a healthy 24-year-old research volunteer in an asthma study, which passed away as the result of inhaling hexamethonium, a medication for the treatment of hypertension, back in the 50s and 60s (Kim, 2012). After developing a bad cough, Roche ended up on a ventilator and eventually developed multiple organ failure, which resulted in her premature death (Kim, 2012). The purpose of study was to provoke a mild asthma attack, which would help physicians understand the reflex that protects healthy lungs against asthma attacks (Kim, 2012). Kim (2012) states that though both the National
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