Medical ExperimentationPersonal Integrity and Social Policy: New Edition

Medical ExperimentationPersonal Integrity and Social Policy: New Edition

Charles Fried, Franklin Miller, and Alan Wertheimer

Print publication date: May 2016

ISBN: 9780190602727

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Abstract

Charles Fried’s 1974 treatise is a classic statement of the moral relationship between doctor and patient as expressed in the concept of personal care. This concept is then tested in the context of medical experimentation and specifically the randomized clinical trial (RCT). Regularly referred to as a point of departure for ethical and legal discussions of the RCT, it has long been out of print. This second edition is introduced by former National Institutes of Health ethicists Frank Miller and the late Alan Wertheimer, followed by a reprint of the 1974 text, a lengthy essay by Harvard Law School scholars Glenn Cohen and James Greiner discussing the extension of RCTs to social science and public policy contexts, and a concluding essay by Charles Fried reflecting on the original text and its application to the changed circumstances in the intervening years of the practice of medicine and of medical experimentation.