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K. D. Pimple, ed. The International Library of Essays in Public and Professional Ethics

K. D. Pimple, ed. The International Library of Essays in Public and Professional Ethics • • • PUBLIC HEALTH ETHICS VOLUME 2 NUMBER 1 2009 119–119 119 Book Review K. D. Pimple, ed. The International Library of Essays in In terms of the papers selected, the editor has cho- Public and Professional Ethics. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, sen well. For example, it is perhaps appropriate given 2008. 521 pp. ISBN: 978-0-7546-2621-3 its historical impact that the volume opens with Henry Beecher’s 1966 paper on ethics and clinical research. I The Editor of the volume, K. D. Pimple, is the director also, on a personal level, found the inclusion of Philip of the Teaching Research Ethics Programs at the Poynter G. Zimbardo’s 1973 paper, ‘on the ethics of intervention Center for the Study of Ethics and the American In- in human psychological research: with specific reference stitutions, Indiana University, Bloomington, and is an to the Stanford Prison Experiment’, an excellent choice. affiliate faculty member of the Indiana University Center Having never read this paper before, it was interesting for Bioethics. to read a reflection on the Stanford experiment (so often Research Ethics, is published by Ashgate and is part of quoted as an example in discussions about ethics in social the International Library of Essays in Public and Profes- science research) from someone directly involved in it. sional Ethics series, the stated aim of which is to ‘Assist That said, I was a little surprised to find that the section those engaged in scholarly research by providing the core on Animals in Research did not contain work by Peter essays that all who are involved in research in that area Singer, although this should not be taken as a negative will want to have to hand’ (Pimple, 2008: XIII). criticism of the coverage of this issue. This volume focuses on research ethics and the editor As the editor notes in the introduction, the majority of has compiled an impressive and comprehensive list of, the essays do focus on the U.S.A. context. However, I do previously published, papers drawn from a diverse set of not believe that this should be viewed negatively as the sources such as New England Journal of Medicine, Journal papers selected are easily applicable to differing national of the American Medical Association, Physics Today, Qual- contexts. itative Sociology, and from a period of time ranging from Overall, I believe that this book would provide an the 1960’s through to the 2000’s. excellent and useful reference for the academics, profes- The papers included have been arranged thematically sionals and students engaged in the study and examina- and within those themes the papers have been presented tion of research ethics irrespective of whether they are chronologically unless, as the editor notes, ‘[T]hat a the- new to the field or have an established interest in it. matic or logical flow was more appropriate’ (Pimple, 2008: XVI). Stuart J. Oultram Unsurprisingly, the chapter on biomedical research Centre for Professional Ethics ethics is the largest section in this volume. However, Keele University, Newcastle-Under-Lyme the editor has not allowed biomedical research ethics Staffs, ST5 5BG, UK to dominate the volume as a whole and attention is also s.j.oultram@peak.keele.ac.uk paid to social science research and research in the non- biomedical sciences. Indeed those sections on areas such Reference as Authorship and Data, Financial Conflicts of Interest, and Integrity and Misconduct, contain selected articles Pimple, K. D. (2008). Research Ethics. Aldershot, UK: that should be of interest and use to those whose in- Ashgate. terests in research ethics stretch beyond the biomedical doi:10.1093/phe/phn039 arena. Advance Access publication on 22 January 2009 C The Author 2009. Published by Oxford University Press. Available online at www.phe.oxfordjournals.org http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Public Health Ethics Oxford University Press

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• • • PUBLIC HEALTH ETHICS VOLUME 2 NUMBER 1 2009 119–119 119 Book Review K. D. Pimple, ed. The International Library of Essays in In terms of the papers selected, the editor has cho- Public and Professional Ethics. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, sen well. For example, it is perhaps appropriate given 2008. 521 pp. ISBN: 978-0-7546-2621-3 its historical impact that the volume opens with Henry Beecher’s 1966 paper on ethics and clinical research. I The Editor of the volume, K. D. Pimple, is the director also, on a personal level, found the inclusion of Philip of the Teaching Research Ethics Programs at the Poynter G. Zimbardo’s 1973 paper, ‘on the ethics of intervention Center for the Study of Ethics and the American In- in human psychological research: with specific reference stitutions, Indiana University, Bloomington, and is an to the Stanford Prison Experiment’, an excellent choice. affiliate faculty member of the Indiana University Center Having never read this paper before, it was interesting for Bioethics. to read a reflection on the Stanford experiment (so often Research Ethics, is published by Ashgate and is part of quoted as an example in discussions about ethics in social the International Library of Essays in Public and Profes- science research) from someone directly involved in it. sional Ethics series, the stated aim of which is to ‘Assist That said, I was a little surprised to find that the section those engaged in scholarly research by providing the core on Animals in Research did not contain work by Peter essays that all who are involved in research in that area Singer, although this should not be taken as a negative will want to have to hand’ (Pimple, 2008: XIII). criticism of the coverage of this issue. This volume focuses on research ethics and the editor As the editor notes in the introduction, the majority of has compiled an impressive and comprehensive list of, the essays do focus on the U.S.A. context. However, I do previously published, papers drawn from a diverse set of not believe that this should be viewed negatively as the sources such as New England Journal of Medicine, Journal papers selected are easily applicable to differing national of the American Medical Association, Physics Today, Qual- contexts. itative Sociology, and from a period of time ranging from Overall, I believe that this book would provide an the 1960’s through to the 2000’s. excellent and useful reference for the academics, profes- The papers included have been arranged thematically sionals and students engaged in the study and examina- and within those themes the papers have been presented tion of research ethics irrespective of whether they are chronologically unless, as the editor notes, ‘[T]hat a the- new to the field or have an established interest in it. matic or logical flow was more appropriate’ (Pimple, 2008: XVI). Stuart J. Oultram Unsurprisingly, the chapter on biomedical research Centre for Professional Ethics ethics is the largest section in this volume. However, Keele University, Newcastle-Under-Lyme the editor has not allowed biomedical research ethics Staffs, ST5 5BG, UK to dominate the volume as a whole and attention is also s.j.oultram@peak.keele.ac.uk paid to social science research and research in the non- biomedical sciences. Indeed those sections on areas such Reference as Authorship and Data, Financial Conflicts of Interest, and Integrity and Misconduct, contain selected articles Pimple, K. D. (2008). Research Ethics. Aldershot, UK: that should be of interest and use to those whose in- Ashgate. terests in research ethics stretch beyond the biomedical doi:10.1093/phe/phn039 arena. Advance Access publication on 22 January 2009 C The Author 2009. Published by Oxford University Press. Available online at www.phe.oxfordjournals.org

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