Chapter 17 explains the immoral research that doctors were performing on uninformed patients using HeLa cells. The chapter describes why the National Institutes of Health (NIH) determined that medical research involving human subjects had to be approved.
- In your opinion, was the cancer research Dr. Chester Southam performed on patients truly immoral, illegal, and deplorable? Why or why not?
- What were the dangers and benefits of Southam’s research?
- How did the Nuremberg Code and the NIH affect the medical laws in place today?
- Predict what will happen to cancer research and scientific progress now the NIH has cracked down on medical ethics.