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If we abandon ethics then what is the motivation for doing medical research?
If all ethics were forgotten, we would all be dead- we already invented nuclear weapons...
The presence of both motive and opportunity are not sufficient to prove guilt. In the same way, the ability to wipe out humanity and the removal of difficulty in doing so would not guarantee the eradication of humanity. elersong
To assume that the absence of ethics in human subject research will result in hasty and notable advances in knowledge makes assumptions about what can be learned. It's very possible that even in the absence of ethics, many of the questions we have will remain unanswered for centuries to come.
The basis of medical science is to improve the lives of both individuals and humanity as a whole. If the method of study causes outright harm, then it has already disregarded its purpose and nullified possible improvement. It trades one health for another, rather than improving net health. Does harm
The advances in scientific and medical technology would be of greater benefit, disproportionate to the suffering caused.
Of course it will. One of the major hindrances to the progression of the understanding and improvement of the human body is ethics, be they righteous or not.
Who's to say a society can "Abandon ethics" in this way?
That's true. But I believe it's better the way it is. Unless people are willing to volunteer.