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Introduction 

Introduction
Chapter:
Introduction
Source:
Medical Experimentation: Personal Integrity and Social Policy: New Edition
Author(s):

Charles Fried

, Franklin Miller

, and Alan Wertheimer

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190602727.003.0002

This book does not seek to be definitive. There never will be a definitive treatment of the law and ethics of medical treatment in general, and so of medical experimentation in particular. Medicine is concerned with human health, and human health is no more a fixed notion than is human nature with which it is directly correlated. It is neither surprising nor particularly unreasonable that in many cultures medicine is the province of religion. This chapter sets the stage for the detailed discussion that follows and locates the randomized clinical trial in the general context of medical care and the even more general context of ethical constraints on how one person treats another.

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