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In the ethics of human subjects research, protectionism is the doctrine that human beings should be protected from the risks of participation in research. Evidently, unless one believes that scientific progress always trumps the interests of human subjects, protectionism per se is hardly a controversial view. Controversy enters mainly when several nuanced interpretations of the doctrine are distinguished with an eye toward its application to actual research projects.
Date Posted: 19 March 2007