Published on July 23rd, 2012 | by Steven Hodson0
Shades Of Mad Scientists – Two Neurosurgeons Banned From Human Research For Infecting Brain Tumor Patients
Ethics can be a slippery slop and they are at their slipperiest when it comes to medical research using human patients but this is something that UC Davis neurosurgeons J. Paul Muizelaar and Rudolph J. Schrot seem to have forgotten.
Both neurosurgeons have been accused of using terminally ill brain cancer patients for some experiments and doing them without the University’s permission. While bot surgeons claim that the whole situation is misleading the idea of that using these terminally ill patients as a testing ground to see if introducing bacteria into their open head wounds in the assumption that this might prolong their lives doesn’t seem to be all that misleading.
Making matters even worse two of the patients developed sepsis and died.
Documents show the surgeons got the consent of three terminally ill patients with malignant brain tumors to introduce bacteria into their open head wounds, under the theory that postoperative infections might prolong their lives. Two of the patients developed sepsis and died, the university later determined.
The actions – described by two prominent bioethicists as “astonishing,” and a “major penalty” for the school – threaten both the doctors’ professional careers and the university’s reputation and federal-funding status.
“This is really distressing” said Patricia Backlar, an Oregon bioethicist who served on former President Bill Clinton’s national bioethics advisory commission.
via Sacramento Bee
While both surgeons have said that they didn’t “blatantly” break any rules they believed that the treatment would be beneficial to the patients.