Fallout From Government-Sponsored Radiation Research
Spicer, Carol Mason
Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal. 1994 Jun; 4(2): 147-154.
On December 28, 1993, Energy Secretary Hazel R. O'Leary publicly appealed to both the executive and legislative branches of the United States Government to consider compensation for individuals who were harmed by their exposure to ionizing radiation while enrolled in government-sponsored studies conducted between 1940 and the early 1970s. The call for compensation was issued three weeks after Secretary O'Leary disclosed that radiation experiments involving humans, sometimes without their consent, had occurred under the auspices of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), a forerunner of the Department of Energy (DOE). Secretary O'Leary directed her department to investigate the nature and extent of the experiments, report on their medical and ethical acceptability, and locate the research subjects or their families.
Advisory Committees; Atomic Energy; Compensation; Confidentiality; Consent; Disclosure; Federal Government; Fraud; Government; Government Regulation; Historical Aspects; Human Experimentation; Informed Consent; Misconduct; Nature; Politics; Public Policy; Radiation; Records; Regulation; Research; Research Subjects; Risks and Benefits; Scientific Misconduct; Standards; War;
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