American Society for Bioethics and Humanities Reading List

This year marks 70 years since the conclusion of the Doctors' Trial at Nuremburg. The Doctors' trials commenced in 1946, bringing criminal proceedings against 23 German physicians complicit in abusing their status as medical practioners during World War II. They were accused of conducting unlawful medical experiments on prisoners at concentration camps, and euthanising persons identifed by the Nazi regime as being "unworthy of life". Seven defendants were acquitted, while another seven were sentenced to death. The remaining nine doctors received prison sentences of varying lengths. Today, the trial is considered to be an important milestone in the development of bioethics. Explore the timeline below to discover more significant events and cases throughout the history of bioethics.

The American Society for Bioethics and Humanitites Annual Meeting takes place in October in Kansas City. Discover our curated selection of freely available chapters which each deal with an issue in bioethics pertaining to human experimentation or medical research ethics:

The Everyday Ethics of Human Research
In: Silent Partners by Rebecca Dresser

From Medical Experimentation to Non-Medical Experimentation: What Can and Cannot Be Learned from Medicine as to the Ethics of Legal and Other Non-Medical Experiments?
In: Medical Experimentation by Charles Fried, Franklin Miller, and Alan Wertheimer 

Experimentation on Human Subjects
In: Case Studies in Pharmacy Ethics by Robert M. Veatch, Amy Haddad, and E. J. Last

Ethical Issues in Research Involving Children
In: Pediatric Ethics: Protecting the Interests of Children by Alan R. Fleischman

Respecting and Promoting Patient Autonomy in Research, End-of-Life Care, and Chronic Illness Care
In: The Patient as Agent of Health and Health Care by Mark D. Sullivan

Procreative Liberty: The Moral Permissibility of Reprogenetics
In: Rethinking Reprogenetics by Inmaculada de Melo-Martin