The Unethicality of the Jewish Chronic Disease Hospital Study
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Jewish, Nazi, Tuskegee, Willowbrook Studies
Jewish Chronic Disease Hospital Study
The 1962-63 Jewish Chronic Disease Hospital Study was unethical because the presiding physician, Chester M. Southam, injected live cancer cells into twenty-two chronically ill, non-cancer patients without their written consent. Southam attempted to justify his actions (not informing his patients) by stating that he "did not wish to stir up any unnecessary anxieties in the patients" who had "phobia and ignorance" about cancer (Standler, 1997). Southam was put on probation for 1 year after being found guilty of fraud/deceit and unprofessional conduct by the New York State medical licensing board.
This study could be done ethically if a terminally ill but lucid patient volunteered to have cancer cells injected into his/her body for a scientific study.
Some have argued that important information related to the way in which, and the rapidity in which, cancer cells metastases has been obtained by this study. But this has been highly debated (Standler, 1997).
Nazi experiments and its Japanese counterpart (Unit 731) were unethical because it involved the abuse and torture of a subjugated people. In the case of Germany it was Jews, Pols, and the disabled who were exploited for nefarious reasons against their will. In Japan, it was the Chinese and residents of other Sino-Japanese countries that were abused, tortured, and maltreated.
No, the Nazi experiments