Author Archives: Kelly Walters

Saving the Therapeutic Orphan: A Discussion about Pediatric Clinical Research Ethics

Performing medical research on any person requires careful ethical deliberation, but children are a particularly vulnerable group that requires additional attention and protection. Past cases of unethical research practices on children reveal the potential for tragedy. The Hepatitis experiments performed in the 1950’s at Willowbrook State School in Staten Island, NY are one example. In […]

Making the Cut: Are Court-Ordered Cesarean Sections Ethical?

A condensed version of this post was originally published on Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s The Doctor’s Tablet blog. According to the CDC’s most recent National Vital Statistics Report, in 2009, Cesarean section rates reached an all-time high of 32.3 percent of all births in the U.S. A Cesarean section is a major surgical procedure […]