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Bruce C. Elliott, Jr
University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN 55455-2009)
Exposing Wrongdoing in Medical Research on Human Subjects

Research and writing leading to publication of a book on six medical research scandals and the people who exposed them.

In 1972, Peter Buxtun exposed the Tuskegee syphilis study, the most notorious medical research scandal in modern American history. In the forty-six years since Buxtun blew the whistle there have been many other research scandals, but very few have been exposed by whistleblowers. In most cases doctors and nurses have remained silent even after seeing research subjects shamefully mistreated. In the rare instances where they have worked up the courage to speak out publicly, the result has often been professional vilification. This raises a larger question: in a research enterprise supposedly built on a humanitarian ethos, why are whistleblowers like Buxtun so rare?

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other; Philosophy, Other

Public Scholars

Research Programs

$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2019 – 6/30/2020