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Influences in Ethical Guidelines for Research

Describe a historical event that has shaped current guidelines and regulations for the ethical conduct of epidemiologic research with human subjects.

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Several historical events have contributed to the development of ethical guidelines pertaining to the ethical conduct of epidemiologic research. These include but are not limited to the Tuskegee Syphilis Study (1932-1972), German research on concentration camp prisoners (1939-1945), Secret U.S. research on effects of radiation on human beings (1944-1980s), Willowbrook State School research (1956-1980), Electroshock treatment research (1960-1961), and many more cases where human life and rights were disregarded in search of answers. Most people are aware of the more notorious cases of unethical behavior in research, such as exhibited in Nazi research and the Tuskegee ...

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Medical ethics has been formed as a direct result of inhuman treatment of individuals during research. Throughout history, atrocities against humans have been performed in the name of furthering medical research. This document looks at a case that spurred outcries for those involved in research and changed guidelines to protect humans from unethical research behavior. Almost 570 words.