Foster Children: Exceptions to the Informed Consent Rule

Unless the law winks occasionally, you have no progress in medicine

These telling words written by Dr. John C. Cutler, a high-ranking Public Health Service employee, are memorable because Dr. Cutler was intimately involved in the Tuskegee and Guatemala syphilis experiments. Without compunction, Dr. Cutler and his team deliberately harmed unwitting and conscripted subjects by withholding curative penicillin treatments or by infecting selected individuals with various pathogens.

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