Monash Bioethics Review

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp S43–S48 | Cite as

Self-experimentation, ethics and efficacy

  • S. C. Gandevia
Ethics Committee Reflection


Much fundamental progress in medicine and, more broadly, in medical sciences has required or benefited from self-experiments. This review provides a definition of self-experiments in which experimenters themselves are subjects for their research, and it considers the logical steps which such experiments require. Lay, medical and scientific communities are often unaware of the contributions and the full range of outcomes from self-experiments. Hence, some implications for ethics committees are explored.


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© Monash University 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. C. Gandevia
    • 1
  1. 1.Prince of Wales Medical Research InstituteUniversity of New South WalesAustralia

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