Center for Bioethics Papers

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Journal Article

Date of this Version

October 1984


Most contemporary discussions of the ethics of human subjects research focus on the adequacies and inadequacies of informed consent in combination with peer review by institutional review boards (IRBs) for protecting subject welfare. Little has been written about the moral reasons that ought to lead someone to participate in research in the first place.


© The Hastings Center. Reprinted by permission. This article originally appeared in the IRB: Ethics and Human Research, Volume 6, Issue 5, October 1984, pages 1-5.
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Date Posted: 08 March 2007