Human Medical Research

Ethical, Legal and Socio-Cultural Aspects

  • Jan Schildmann
  • Verena Sandow
  • Oliver Rauprich
  • Jochen Vollmann

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Jan Schildmann, Verena Sandow, Oliver Rauprich, Jochen Vollmann
    Pages 1-4
  3. Historical and Socio-Cultural Contexts in Medical Research

  4. Considerations on Ethical and Legal Regulations for Medical Research

  5. Conflicts in Medical Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Verena Sandow, Jan Schildmann, Jochen Vollmann
      Pages 117-126
    3. Annelien L. Bredenoord, Johannes J. M. van Delden
      Pages 127-136
    4. Anna E. Westra, Jan M. Wit, Rám N. Sukhai, Inez D. de Beaufort
      Pages 137-151
  6. New Developments in Medical Research and Ethical Implications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Rieke van der Graaf, Johannes J. M. van Delden
      Pages 155-162
    3. Flavio D’Abramo, Cecilia Guastadisegni
      Pages 163-173
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 185-188

About this book


Medical research involving human subjects has contributed to considerable advancements in our knowledge, and to medical benefits. At the same time the development of new technologies as well as further globalisation of medical research raises questions that require the attention of researchers from a range of disciplines. This book gathers the contributions of researchers from nine different countries, who analyse recent developments in medical research from ethical, historical, legal and socio-cultural perspectives. In addition to reflections on innovations in science such as genetic databases and the concept of “targeted therapy” the book also includes analyses regarding the ethico-legal regulation of new technologies such as human tissue banking or the handling of genetic information potentially relevant for participants in medical research. Country and culture-specific aspects that are relevant to human medical research from a global perspective also play a part. The value of multi- and interdisciplinary analysis that includes the perspectives of scholars from normative and empirical disciplines is a shared premise of each contribution.


Clinical research Human experiment Human medical research Research ethics

Editors and affiliations

  • Jan Schildmann
    • 1
  • Verena Sandow
    • 2
  • Oliver Rauprich
    • 3
  • Jochen Vollmann
    • 4
  1. 1.Inst. Medizinische Ethik und, Geschichte der MedizinUniversität BochumBochumGermany
  2. 2., Institute for Medical EthicsRuhr University BochumBochumGermany
  3. 3., Institute of Ethics, History andLudwig-Maximilians-University MunichMunichGermany
  4. 4.Inst. Medizinische Ethik und, Geschichte der MedizinUniversität BochumBochumGermany

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