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The Censor's Hand: The Misregulation of Human-Subject Research

Carl E. Schneider


Medical and social progress depend on research with human subjects. When that research is done in institutions getting federal money, it is regulated by federally required and supervised bureaucracies called “institutional review boards” (IRBs) expected to apply bioethical principles in making decisions. Do — can — these administrative agencies do more harm than good? The Censor’s Hand addresses this fundamental but long-unasked question. The book answers the question by consulting a critical experience — the law’s learning about regulation — and by amassing the empirical evidence scattered ar ... More

Keywords: Regulation, Research regulation, Research risks, Research subjects, Administrative agencies, Cost-benefit analysis, Bioethical principles, Censorship, Academic freedom, IRBs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780262028912
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262028912.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carl E. Schneider, author
University of Michigan