Ethical Considerations

  • Christopher J. Bulpitt
Part of the Developments in Biostatistics and Epidemiology book series (DBEP, volume 1)


The Concise Oxford Dictionary defines ethics as the “science of morals.” Glaser considered that a discussion of ethical problems should embrace both an assumption of right and wrong and a definition of how things are and not just how things should be [26]. Moreover, ethical problems concern the individual rather than the community. The community may benefit from the results of a trial but no individual should be asked to take an unreasonable risk to benefit the community. Problems arise when we are forced to consider what is reasonable.


Interim Analysis Placebo Treatment Ethical Problem Rheumatic Fever Tuberculous Meningitis 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher J. Bulpitt
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Medical Statistics and EpidemiologyLondon School of Hygiene and Tropical MedicineLondonUK
  2. 2.Royal Postgraduate Medical SchoolLondonUK
  3. 3.Hammersmith HospitalLondonUK

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