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The Ethics of Pediatric Research$
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David Wendler

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199730087

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730087.001.0001

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The Ethics of Pediatric Research

David S. Wendler

Oxford University Press

The first chapter begins with an example of an important series of pediatric research studies, the studies that led to the development of vaccines for rotavirus. This example illustrates the dilemma posed by pediatric research between protecting individual children and improving pediatric medical care. The chapter then explains the importance and prevalence of pediatric research and ends with a summary of the argument that we have an interest in contributing to valuable projects. This interest suggests that “nonbeneficial” pediatric research can be justified when it involves the participating children contributing to a valuable project to help others.

Keywords:   vaccines, ethical dilemma, interests, rotavirus, contribution, research

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