When Patients Cant Give Informed Consent to be Research Subjects

The narrative arc of a recent report by Luke Dittrich concerning Henry Molaison (known as patient H.M.) is deeply disturbing. First, says Dittrich in his book “Patient H.M.,” a surgeon recklessly excised a part of Molaison’s brain critical for memory. Molaison, permanently disabled, was subsequently subjected to years of experimentation without proper consent by a scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Dr. Suzanne Corkin, who built her career on Mr. Molaison’s back and ultimately tried to supress data that conflicted with hers. The attack on Corkin was countered by a letter signed by 203 scientists (including myself), and a detailed rebuttal by MIT. Yet the reader needs to know if they can trust the practice of science with vulnerable people. Molaison was the most prominent volunteer participant in human…


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