Thursday, October 12, 2006

Hope This Isn't True 

There are some stories so disturbing that one can only hope they aren't true. This is one. There is no recovery of reputation for the individuals or hospitals involved. The serious of the situation is conveyed in the last paragraph of the article:

Committees to control experimentation with human subjects were established in hospitals in accordance with Health Ministry protocol implementing the Helsinki Accord signed in 1964, which came in response to human experiments conducted by the Germans in World War II. The comptroller found that experiments approved by the Helsinki committee included genetic experiments and research studies involving drugs not yet certified for use in Western nations. The comptroller's report features a laundry list of grave oversights and continuous negligence on the part of the Health Ministry and public hospital management regarding their supervisory role in the experiments.

Of all physicians, you would think these doctors would have known better.


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