Essay on The Ethics of Medical Research on Humans

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The ethics behind human research has been an ongoing debate for many years. How far can we take research in the name of science? Does it matter how many or who possibly gets effected along the way ? This journal addresses these questions along with others, as it expresses human rights when medical research is involved. While examining the history of medicine, you find that the United States and many other countries, fail to protect those that can not protect themselves by conducting “medical research” errors. Who is to blame? It is almost impossible for an individual to take a medication and be cured with no side effects. Yet, the demand and expectation for such a miracle drug is so pressing. If medical research had not been conducted, the…show more content…
It allowed the reader to not only sympathize with these individuals, but have empathy for their afflictions. Aside from prisoners being held in Nazi camps during this time, many individuals were being used because of “convenience”. Iacono and Jenkins describe different situations where militaries such as: the US, Japan, and Germany were trading humans to preform similar acts in the name of medicine. Showing that, despite how terrifying these acts were, medical experimentations were not limited to Germany alone, the world was doing them also. If Germany wasn't alone in these acts why are they the ones taking the blame? Germany was and is considered to be one of the most extreme cases of violation of human rights and ethics. The use of claims of fact are laid out with the Nuremberg Trials of 1945-1946. The Nuremberg Trials were enforced by the allied forces of WWII, to prosecute the political leaders, doctors, and military for their acts of crime against humanity. These trials ensured human rights, and paved the direction for the Helsinki Declaration, “[which] formed the basis for guidelines developed in individual countries with the aim of protecting people from exploiting in the name of research and ensuring physician-researchers meet their obligations to research participants ” (Iacono, 1124). As laid out in the Helsinki Declaration, there are
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