Respond to the following prompts:

  • How has learning about the history of research ethics impacted your view of biomedical research?
  • In looking at the studies you reviewed for your PICOT question, do you feel that today’s researchers adequately protect the rights of human subjects? If not, what additional measures do you recommend?


Hello professor and class,

Learning about the history of research ethics has been important in understanding biomedical ethics. I have learned that informed consent is critical to the credibility of the research. Participants must be informed about the research, the implications, and the benefits of the study conducted (Gray et al., 2017). They have the right to choose whether to participate or not. As I further researched biomedical ethics, I came across the case of Tuskegee men. This is a great example of ethical violation in research. In this case, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) carried out the pathophysiology of syphilis in African American men in Tuskegee (Alsan et al., 2019). CDC failed to fully disclose the information about the study. The organization went ahead and carried out tests without the men’s consent. It infected them with syphilis which led to multiple deaths. Consent is also needed in the inclusion of human specimens in research. I have learned that before using human specimens,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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