The meeting of psychiatry and humanities: An overview

Journal of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine

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Concerns regarding ethics of psychiatric research were a critical point in research when lots of news was announced about human rights abuses in the Nazi Germany. However, even nowadays, psychiatric research involving people suffering from different types of psychiatric disorders can still be distorted and, rather than fulfilling its promise of improved understanding of psychiatric disorder and its treatment, can result in serious harm to patients who participated in these investigations. This review focuses on some important ethical aspects in psychiatric research © 2009 Shahin Akhondzadeh and Seyed Hesameddin Abbasi; licensee Tehran Univ. Med. Sci.