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Victims of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease prompt code of conduct

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6965.1321 (Published 19 November 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1321
  1. C Zinn

    The Australian government is to enforce a code of conduct for medical experiments in the wake of a $A10m (pounds sterling 4.4m) compensation payout to victims of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) transmitted by treatment. The minister for health, Dr Carmen Lawrence, has asked the National Health and Medical Research Council's health ethics committee to draft standards to make doctors accountable for mistakes. “I think the days when doctors could say, whether they were in this field or another, ‘We know what's good for you …

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