Looking Back at the President's Commission
Capron, Alexander M.
Hastings Center Report. 1983 Oct; 13(5): 7-12.
Capron, former executive director of the President's Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research, reviews the work of the Commission and addresses the question of whether another such body is needed. He sums up the characteristics and functions of the Commission, pays tribute to a predecessor, the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research, and outlines the areas of the President's Commission's work. He foresees the need for future commissions to analyze new issues, supplement the work of the President's Commission, and monitor the activities of federal departments and agencies. (KIE abstract)