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Hepatitis Studies at the Willowbrook State School for Children with Mental Retardation


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TitleHepatitis Studies at the Willowbrook State School for Children with Mental Retardation
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsDuBois, James M.
PublisherEthics in Mental Health Research
KeywordsHuman Research Subjects , Informed Consent , MEDICINE , PSYCHOLOGY , SCIENCE
Abstract

From 1956 through 1971, residents at the Willowbrook State School for Children with Mental Retardation were infected with live hepatitis in order to develop a vaccine. Parents gave permission for their children to participate in this study, often because it guaranteed acceptance into the overcrowded facility.

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