Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Should the Nazi Research Data Be Cited?

"I don't want to have to use this data, but there is no other and will be no other in an ethical world"
- John S. Hayward, University of Victoria in British Columbia

 In 1984, Kristine Moe wrote an article, for The Hastings Center Report addressing this very issue. A number of opinions can be found in the article, including those of scientists currently involved in hypothermia research. The scientific community seemed quite divided at the time (and most likely still is); some charged that the research had no validity while others claimed it was indispensable. The author ultimately decides that we should not "let the humanity of the experiments blind us to the possibility that some good may be salvaged from the ashes." What do you think?

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