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Human Behavior What Price Knowledge I feel there is a definite need for knowledge in todays society but there is also a definite point when it has gone too far It has gone too far by conducting experiments on people without letting them know the consequences and side effects that will place upon them It has also reached an extreme when the person becomes physically or mentally impaired after the experiments I see this treatment as both immoral and unethical there is no reason to harm a normally healthy person for some advancement in scientific knowledge In doing research for this paper I have found many examples where humans were used as guinea pigs or killed One example of this misconduct was in 1959 it was a common practice for drug companies to provide samples of experimental drugs to physicians who were then paid to gather data on their patients taking the drugs Physicians throughout the country prescribed there drugs to patients without their knowledge or consent as part of this loosely controlled research Example of this was the drug sedative thalidomide was given to vast number of pregant women and caused thousands of birth defects in newborn infants Because of this event the Kefauver - Harris amendmants to food drug and cosmetic act were passed requiring informal consent be obtained in the testing of these drugs Another rascality research project was doctors injected live cancer cells into underprivileged elderly patients without their permission The research went forward without review by the hospitals research committee and over the objections of three physicians consulted who argued that the proposed subjects were unfit of giving ample consent to participate The revealing of the experiment served to make both officials and the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York aware of the shortcomings of procedures
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