Ethical Lapse After Ethical Lapse in Medical Research- The American Story

Last Thursday’s New York Times had an article about Dr. Perry Hudson, in 1950s a medical researcher at Columbia University.  The article was about his research on skid row in New York City where he offered alcoholics in lower Manhattan an offer: If they agreed to surgical biopsies of their prostates, they would get a clean bed and three square meals for a few days, plus free medical care and treatment if they had prostate cancer. Dr. Hudson’s goal was to show that if caught early prostate cancer could be cured, a laudable goal especially given that at that time [...]