Originally published March 13, 2016
There was a tragedy in France recently: Innocent French citizens were taken down by a profession whose mission is to heal and comfort. A medical clinical trial careened off the rails and crashed. Were these volunteer study patients properly informed? Are medical study patients here in the U.S. truly making a free choice?
From time to time, friends, patients, and relatives ask my advice if they should participate in a medical experiment. While I am a doctor, I usually say no. And, once I explain to them the realities of medical research, they usually say no also.
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