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Double Standards in Medical Research in Developing Countries

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 11 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1190
  1. Udo Schuklenk, professor of bioethics and human rights (
  1. University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

    Ruth Macklin, a senior bioethicist with a longstanding interest in research ethics, has produced a very readable overview and analysis of the main issues in one of the most acrimonious international debates the field of ethics has seen in recent times. Unlike the excited bickering about stem cell research and reproductive cloning, this debate affects the lives of real people and is quite unlike those interminable debates about the moral standing of accumulations of a few hundred cells that some people still misleadingly call “persons.”

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    Ruth Macklin

    Cambridge University Press, £22.99, pp 288 ISBN 0 521 54170 0

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    At the heart of the debate lies this question: what standards of care are ethically required when commercial …

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