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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Ana Smith Iltis, PhD (Saint Louis University)
Description: This book introduces and discusses a range of ethical issues that emerge in conducting international biomedical research from the perspective of researchers and scholars from around the world.
Purpose: It aims to broaden the literature on international research ethics. Through cases and commentaries, the book raises awareness of ethical issues that emerge in the conduct of international biomedical research and successfully presents competing views on how to evaluate and resolve these issues.
Audience: The book is intended for persons engaged in international research as well as for those working in research ethics, including bioethicists, lawyers, and policy makers. The use of cases, the range of issues addressed, and the perspectives included will capture the interests of these different groups and deepen their understanding of international research ethics.
Features: Each of the book's eight parts addresses a condition for the ethical conduct of international research. Each part includes one or more cases that illustrate the ethical issues in context and case commentaries. The use of cases to illustrate the types of ethical issues that arise will enable persons familiar with international research to identify comparable issues in their own areas. For those unfamiliar with international biomedical research, the cases provide a context for situating theoretical concerns in practice. The commentaries, written by authors from developing and developed nations, introduce readers to a range of concerns and possible solutions. Educators and workshop facilitators will find the cases helpful for classroom use.
Assessment: This is a well written book and a must-read for anyone trying to understand the concerns associated with international biomedical research. The cases address research in many parts of the world on different disorders and conditions. The commentaries give readers a better appreciation of the breadth and depth of the relevant ethical issues.