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Old 06-20-2019, 04:36 AM
LLCoolL is offline
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Originally Posted by SlackerInc View Post
.....And of course lifesaving cancer and heart disease drugs are tested by giving some sick people a placebo. When they find out the drug works, it's often because more people in the placebo group died. Was it unethical to test it that way?
I think it depends upon disclosure. I believe in studies like this, the subjects are told you may be getting the experimental treatment. Or you may be getting a sugar pill. Do you want to participate? ( In a double-blind study, even the treating physicians don't know who is getting what.) Apparently lots of people roll the dice and opt in. Probably easier if the subjects are terminally ill, and figure they have nothing to lose.

Last edited by LLCoolL; 06-20-2019 at 04:37 AM.