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Will the Real Charles Fried Please Stand Up?
Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal (2003)
  • Paul B. Miller, University of Toronto
  • Charles Weijer, Dalhousie University

In response to the preceding commentary by Jerry Menikoff in this issue of the Journal, the authors argue that Fried's central concern is not that randomized clinical trials (RCTs) are conducted without consent, but rather that various aspects of the design and conduct of RCTs are in tension with physicians' duties of personal care to their patients. Although Fried does argue that the existence of equipoise cannot justify failure to obtain consent from research subjects, informed consent by itself does not supplant ill subjects' rights to personalized judgment and care embodied in Fried's equipoise.

  • Disclosure,
  • Medical Ethics,
  • Research Ethics,
  • Informed Consent,
  • Nontherapeutic Human Experimentation,
  • Physician-Patient Relations,
  • Randomized Controlled Trials,
  • Research Design,
  • Therapeutic Human Experimentation
Publication Date
December, 2003
Publisher Statement
Dr. Charles Weijer is currently a faculty member at The University of Western Ontario.
Citation Information
Paul B. Miller and Charles Weijer. "Will the Real Charles Fried Please Stand Up?" Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal Vol. 13 Iss. 4 (2003)
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