Medical Research and Media Circuses
Flamm, Anne Lederman, The Hastings Center Report
In this issue of the Hastings Center Report, E. Haavi Morreim analyzes the appropriateness of a restrictive information dissemination policy that was implemented during the clinical trial of the AbioCor artificial heart by AbioMed, the device's manufacturer and trial sponsor. During the trial, some prominent critics compared it to a "gag order restricting public debate about a device that had been financed with millions of public dollars" and alleged that the company's predominant motive was to protect its business interests.
Morreim urges consideration of the controversial events as a case study to illuminate the larger issues surrounding the relationship between scientific research and the media. She maintains that disclosure of moment-by-moment, …
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Publication information: Article title: Medical Research and Media Circuses. Contributors: Flamm, Anne Lederman - Author. Journal title: The Hastings Center Report. Volume: 34. Issue: 1 Publication date: January-February 2004. Page number: 3. © 1999 Hastings Center. COPYRIGHT 2004 Gale Group.
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