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Ethical commentaries must be based on sound science

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 05 December 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1594
  1. Jaideep J Pandit, Visiting instructor
  1. Department of Anesthesiology, University Hospital, Box 0048, 1500 East Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0048, USA

    EDITOR—It is unfortunate that the scientific basis of Savulescu's commentary on the ethics of the study by Parkins et al, in which infants were exposed to 15% oxygen, is so weak.1 Savulescu states that evidence exists that exposure to hypoxia is related to sudden infant death; he refers to a study in piglets to support his assertion.2 In fact, this study he cites shows no such thing. Parkins et al cogently explain the scarcity of evidence on the effects of exposure to 15% …

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