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Clinical Experiments
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[German Version]

Every medical treatment is basically an experiment, since the desired result cannot be guaranteed. In the strict sense, however, a clinical experiment is considered to be a treatment intended to advance scientific knowledge – either in isolation (human experiment) or in conjunction with a medical treatment (clinical trial). Because the risk in a human experiment or a clinical trial can never be eliminated, there is an urgent moral conflict between scientific investigation and the …

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Wiesing, Urban, “Clinical Experiments”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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