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    The Ethics of Sham Surgery in Parkinson's Disease: Back to the Future?Teresa Swift & Richard Huxtable - 2013 - Bioethics 27 (4):175-185.
    Despite intense academic debate in the recent past over the use of ‘sham surgery’ control groups in research, there has been a recent resurgence in their use in the field of neurodegenerative disease. Yet the primacy of ethical arguments in favour of sham surgery controls is not yet established. Preliminary empirical research shows an asymmetry between the views of neurosurgical researchers and patients on the subject, while different ethical guidelines and regulations support conflicting interpretations. Research ethics committees faced with a (...)
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    Desperation May Affect Autonomy but Not Informed Consent.Teresa Swift - 2011 - American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience 2 (1):45-46.
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    'Sham Surgery' Control Groups: Ethics and Context.Teresa Swift - 2011 - Research Ethics 7 (4):148-155.
    The use of placebo controls in surgical research, or ‘sham surgery’ as it sometimes described, raises a number of ethical issues. Despite such issues, sham surgery is presently being employed, albeit very rarely, in surgical research. In this paper, the ethical implications of such control groups are discussed in the context of research into various conditions, including Parkinson's Disease and arthritis. Conflicting ethical considerations include: i) patients' best interests in relation to the harms and risks involved; ii) the need for (...)
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