Unethical health research: American researchers in Guatemala

It’s easy to talk about the importance of doing healthcare research that is ethically responsible–but what does “unethical” really mean? Religious ethicist Charlene Galarneau, Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Wellesley College, explores a particularly shocking case of  American health research on sexually transmitted disease transmission in Guatemala between 1946 and 1948, in this recent Hastings Center report. Galarneau critiques President Obama’s 2011 commissioned report of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, and calls for clearer recognition of the study’s activities and its enduring implications for women and minorities today.

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