Title

Equipoise and the Duty of Care in Clinical Research: A Philosophical Response to Our Critics

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-2007

Journal

Journal of Medicine and Philosophy

Volume

32

Issue

2

First Page

117

Last Page

133

URL with Digital Object Identifier

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03605310701255735

Abstract

Franklin G. Miller and colleagues have stimulated renewed interest in research ethics through their work criticizing clinical equipoise. Over three years and some twenty articles, they have also worked to articulate a positive alternative view on norms governing the conduct of clinical research. Shared presuppositions underlie the positive and critical dimensions of Miller and colleagues' work. However, recognizing that constructive contributions to the field ought to enjoy priority, we presently scrutinize the constructive dimension of their work. We argue that it is wanting in several respects.

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