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Australian orphans were used as guinea pigs

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7097.1781f (Published 21 June 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1781
  1. Christopher Zinn
  1. Sydney

    Australia's top medical advisory body has called for an investigation into reports that hundreds of orphans were used as human guinea pigs in trials of vaccines and antigens between 1947 and 1970.

    The National Health and Medical Research Council said that the trials of experimental vaccines for herpes, whooping cough, and influenza were not conducted in an “ethical vacuum.” Its chairman, Professor Richard Larkins, said: “The nature of the clinical trials, the status of those giving consent, and the potential benefits as well as risks to the …

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