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Resource ID: #17985
Subject: Health
Source: Newsweek Magazine (New York, NY)
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Date: 6-Aug

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A Newsweek investigation tries to find out if medical experimentation on human volunteers poses an risk. Many experts agree that trials with human subjects are crucial to the creation and success of new drugs and surgical procedures, but Newsweek finds that in may cases experiments have "violated laws meant to protect people who volunteer to test experimental drugs and surgeries." The investigation also found that in some cases doctors may have placed patients on the wrong type of medication or in the wrong study, and may even have hastily pressured patients into their experiments. Some of the biggest problems comes from the oversight of these studies, with hospitals and medical agencies being totally unaware of what certain doctors might be doing. Newsweek discovers cases where subjects have gone blind and even died as a result of experiments.

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