Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics


Beneficence, Scientific Autonomy, and Self-Interest: Ethical Dilemmas in Clinical Research

Edmund D. Pellegrinoa1

a1 John Carroll Professor of Medicine and Medical Humanities and Director of the Georgetown Institute for the Advanced Study of Ethics, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

The ethics of clinical research may be viewed from three different perspectives: the process of acquiring new knowledge, the moral use of the knowledge acquired, and the ethics of the investigator seeking this knowledge.