The Belmont Report (1979) and the Declaration of Helsinki (1964) serve to reinforce a view that such ethical codes are all that are necessary to protect vulnerable research participants. However, these codes also require thoughtful moral interpretation. In the context of time (1932) and place (Macon County, Alabama), do you believe that moral interpretation of the ethical principles of both of these documents would have influenced Nurse Rivers’ role in the Tuskegee Syphilis study? How? Why? In the context of present day (2020), apply your interpretation of the ethical principles from these documents to research involving human subjects anywhere. What might account for the differences in the role of Nurse Rivers then and the role of the nurse involved in research today?
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