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What price knowledgeI 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 wherehumans were used as guinea pigs or killed One example of thismisconduct was in 1959 it was a common practice for drug companies toprovide samples of experimental drugs to physicians who were then paid togather data on their patients taking the drugs Physicians throughout thecountry prescribed there drugs to patients without their knowledge or consent as part of this loosely controlled research Example of this was the drugsedative thalidomide was given to vast number of pregant women and causedthousands of birth defects in newborn infants Because of this event theKefauver - Harris amendmants to food drug and cosmetic act were passedrequiring informal consent be obtained in the testing of these drugs Another rascality research project was doctors injected live cancercells into underprivileged elderly patients without their permission Theresearch went forward without review by the hospitals research committeeand over the objections of three physicians consulted who argued that theproposed subjects were unfit of giving ample consent to participate Therevealing of the experiment served to make both officials and the Board ofRegents of the University of the State of New York aware of theshortcomings of procedures in place to protect human subjects They werefurther concerned over the publics reaction to revealing of the research andthe impact it would have on research generally and the institutions inparticular After a review the Board
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