Dark Medicine: Rationalizing Unethical Medical Research

Dark Medicine: Rationalizing Unethical Medical Research

by William R. LaFleur
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0253220416

ISBN-13: 2900253220416

Pub. Date: 07/17/2008

Publisher: Indiana University Press

The trial of the "German doctors" exposed atrocities of Nazi medical science and led to the Nuremberg Code governing human experimentation. In Japan, Unit 731 carried out hideous experiments on captured Chinese and downed American pilots. In the United States, stories linger of biological experimentation during the Korean War. Dark Medicine looks at the sinister

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The trial of the "German doctors" exposed atrocities of Nazi medical science and led to the Nuremberg Code governing human experimentation. In Japan, Unit 731 carried out hideous experiments on captured Chinese and downed American pilots. In the United States, stories linger of biological experimentation during the Korean War. Dark Medicine looks at the sinister medical research conducted during and after World War II. The book describes this research, how it was brought to light, and the rationalizations of those who perpetrated and benefited from it. It looks at the response to the revelations of this horrific research and its implications for present-day medicine and ethics. Finally, it offers lessons about human experimentation in an age of human embryo research and genetic engineering.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900253220416
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
07/17/2008
Series:
Bioethics and the Humanities Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction: The Knowledge Tree and Its Double Fruit   William R. LaFleur     1
The Gruesome Past and Lessons Not Yet Learned
Rationalizing Unethical Medical Research: Taking Seriously the Case of Viktor von Weizsacker   Gernot Bohme     15
Medical Research, Morality, and History: The German Journal Ethik and the Limits of Human Experimentation   Andreas Frewer     30
Experimentation on Humans and Informed Consent: How We Arrived Where We Are   Rolf Winau     46
The Silence of the Scholars   Benno Muller-Hill     57
The Ethics of Evil: The Challenge and the Lessons of Nazi Medical Experiments   Arthur L. Caplan     63
Unit 731 and the Human Skulls Discovered in 1989: Physicians Carrying Out Organized Crimes   Kei-ichi Tsuneishi     73
Biohazard: Unit 731 in Postwar Japanese Politics of National "Forgetfulness"   Frederick R. Dickinson     85
Biological Weapons: The United States and the Korean War   G. Cameron Hurst III     105
Experimental Injury: Wound Ballistics and Aviation Medicine in Mid-century America   Susan Lindee     121
Stumbling Toward Bioethics: Human Experiments Policy and the Early Cold War   Jonathan D. Moreno     138
The Conflicted Present and the Worrisome Future
Toward an Ethics of Iatrogenesis   Renee C. Fox     149
Strategies for Survival versus Accepting Impermanence: Rationalizing Brain Death and Organ Transplantation Today   Tetsuo Yamaori     165
The Age of a "Revolutionized Human Body" and the Right to Die   Yoshihiko Komatsu     180
Why We Must Be Prudent in Research Using Human Embryos: Differing Views of Human Dignity   Susumu Shimazono     201
Eugenics, Reproductive Technologies, and the Feminist Dilemma in Japan   Miho Ogino     223
Refusing Utopia's Bait: Research, Rationalizations, and Hans Jonas   William R. LaFleur     233
List of Contributors     247
Index     253

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