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Project Sunshine and the slippery slope: the ethics of tissue sampling for strontium-90.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12201087     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
When citizens of Atlantic alliance countries are being asked by their elected leaders to suspend many of the fundamental rights of democracy in order to defend them, it is timely to consider the perils of the slippery slope that was opened up by the harvesting of human bones and tissue for studies of strontium-90 fallout during the height of the cold war. In particular, the need to collect samples from recently deceased infants and children seems to have overridden the rights of parents to determine what became of their loved ones after death. Forty years later, parents and others question whether the fact that this research contributed significantly to the partial moratorium on atmospheric tests justified the overriding of their rights. It also reminds us that the testing of nuclear devices, even in the defence of democracy, presents global health hazards.
Sue Rabbitt Roff
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medicine, conflict, and survival     Volume:  18     ISSN:  1362-3699     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Confl Surviv     Publication Date:    2002 Jul-Sep
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-08-30     Completed Date:  2002-09-19     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9612305     Medline TA:  Med Confl Surviv     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  299-310     Citation Subset:  E; IM    
Centre for Medical Education, Dundee University Medical School, Dundee DD2 1LR.
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MeSH Terms
Human Experimentation*
Informed Consent*
Nuclear Warfare*
Strontium Radioisotopes / analysis*
World Health*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Strontium Radioisotopes

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