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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (August 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195147979
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195147971
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.8 x 6.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,641,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Take my advice: study carefully this deftly written account of the hackneyed myths and jarring realities of human subjects experimentation."--Jerome P. Kassirer, M.D., Distinguished Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, New England Journal of Medicine

"A very good book, precisely because it is so disturbing. All of us tend to think that medical research will continue to progress in linear fashion. Yet as Jerry Menikoff's comprehensive and insightful book reveals, many hidden obstacles lie along the path to medical improvements. Most patients enroll in clinical trials because they are desperately ill, and rightly concerned with their own health and welfare. Menikoff highlights the genuine conflicts of interest between care for the patient and the advancement of science that cannot, and should not, be swept under the rug."--Richard A. Epstein, James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law, University of Chicago

"Finally! A book for the layperson that explodes the myths, unpacks the mysteries and tells the truth about medical research. It should be required reading for anyone thinking of entering a clinical trial. Menikoff has done the public a great service."--Mary Faith Marshall, Ph.D., Professor, Center for Bioethics and Associate Dean, University of Minnesota Medical School

"What the Doctor Didn't Say combines depth of scholarship and clear writing with wisdom, experience and sound judgment to create a volume that is essential for understanding the rights and interests of patients and the obligations of providers in the dance of medicine called informed consent. It provides the gold standard of understanding that should be the starting point for discussion and future research."--Nancy Neveloff Dubler, Director, Division of Bioethics, Montefiore Medical Center, and Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

"Menikoff's book tells us that if we believe in the research enterprise, then we must accept that persons, consenting and not consenting, will be exposed to risks--sometimes very substantial risks."--New England Journal of Medicine

"This is most definitely a book not to be sneered at; an interesting insight into a mystical sphere of clinical research."--London Medical Student Journal

"His observations regarding clinical trials in the way they are typically conducted are striking...Insightful and sometimes painfully honest book."--The Journal of Legal Medicine

About the Author

Jerry Menikoff is Associate Professor of Law, Ethics & Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, where he is also Director of the Institute for Bioethics, Law & Public Policy and chair of the Human Subjects Committee. He is also Associate Professor of Law at the University of Kansas School of Law. He is the author of a leading textbook on law and bioethics and co-author of a textbook on the ethics and regulation of research with human subjects. He has on a number of occasions served as a consultant to the federal government on issues relating to protecting research subjects.

Edward P. Richards is Harvey A. Peltier Professor of Law at the Louisiana State University, where he directs the program in Law, Science, and Public Health. He has published several books and more than 100 articles on health and public health policy, and has consulted with state and federal agencies on public health and policy. He worked in medical research before becoming a law professor and has taught both FDA and biotechnology law.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ana S. Iltis on December 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent volume that should be read by anyone involved in clinical research. It is both scholarly and accessible. The arguments are well-developed and the rich case histories and examples are well-referenced. Menikoff brings into sharp relief the need to rethink the relationship between clinician and investigator and between patient and research subject. The volume should not be seen as a denial of the importance of clinical research but rather as a call for IRB members, investigators, and patients to think carefully about what clinical research is and what it is not.
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