Bioethics

What is human experimentation?
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  1. Human experimentation is carried out on live human subjects for the purpose of scientific and medical discovery. Human experimentation took place at least as early as the fourth century B.C. -- it was initially practiced to learn about anatomy and the internal structure of the human body. Over time, human experimentation became more focused on human physiological and psychological reactions to all kinds of external stimuli, such as diseases, drugs, extreme conditions, injuries and pain, space flight and biological weapons. Human experimentation has come under increased levels of ethical scrutiny and legal regulation in recent decades. In the past, many human experiments have taken place against the will of the subject or even without their knowledge. Despite its tendency to test the boundaries of our ethics, human experimentation is also absolutely necessary to medical research, which can save lives.

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