The Painful Experience

TitleThe Painful Experience
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of PublicationSubmitted
PublisherNational Academy of Engineering, Online Ethics Center
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsANIMAL , BIOLOGY , MEDICINE , SCIENCE , Supervisor/Trainee
AbstractIn an experiment investigating the treatment of pain, Dr. Eric Brown uses a rodent model where rats are subjected to a considerable amount of pain and anxiety as various drugs are tried to see how much it lessens their pain pain. When a graduate student is asked to repeat an experiment that he knows is unlikely to be successful, by Dr. Brown, he asks his advisor if they should possibly use a new technique, but Dr. Brown decides to stay with the old model and tells him to repeat the experiment. What should Michael do?
NotesBrian Schrag, ed., Research Ethics: Cases and Commentaries, Volume 5, Bloomington, Indiana: Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, 2001