Research Ethics Lecture: The 70th Anniversary of the Nuremburg Code
The 70th Anniversary of the Nuremburg Code
Presented by: Claire D. Clark, PhD, MPH
Department of Behavioral Science
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
The Nuremberg Code (see https://history.nih.gov/research/downloads/nuremberg.pdf), the primary outcome of the Doctors’ Trial that prosecuted Nazi physicians for medical and scientific experiments conducted in concentration camps, is widely regarded as establishing the modern framework for ethical research on human subjects. According to bioethicist George J. Annas, the Trial had two legacies: on one hand, it gave birth to international human rights law; on the other, to the centrality of “informed consent” in research ethics and oversight. This presentation will focus on the second legacy, tracing the concept of informed consent from its origins in Nuremberg to its operationalization in present-day forms for Institutional Review Boards. It will also consider how various historical circumstances in the United States following World War II have influenced researchers’ decisions to compromise the consent process in critical ways.
Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:
Identify successes and failures in the history of medical ethics.
Discuss the dynamic interrelationship between medicine and society through history.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Lunch provided by the UK Program for Bioethics.
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ACGME COMPETENCIES: Patient Care, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Professionalism
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