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Researchers as guinea pigs

Martin B Van Der Weyden
Med J Aust 2003; 178 (2): 52-53.
Published online: 20 January 2003

Self-experimentation in Australia is alive and well

Many advances in modern medicine owe a great deal to human experimentation. Indeed, much of biomedical research is irrelevant to mainstream medicine unless its clinical utility is established through human experimentation, for, as observed by the English essayist Alexander Pope, "the proper study of mankind is man."1

  • Martin B Van Der Weyden

  • The Medical Journal of Australia, Strawberry Hills, NSW.

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