Volume 19, Issue 3 (July 1974)
Medical Experimentation on Captive Populations in the United States
Medical experimentation on humans is generally subjected to detailed ethical and legal limitations and safeguards. These safeguards should be even more stringent and more meticulously followed when captive populations are used. The narrow definition of captive population includes inmates of prisons and correctional institutions, and patients in psychiatric institutions and hospitals for the mentally retarded. The broader definition also includes children and fetuses whose medical destinies are under the nearly complete control of parents or legal guardians.