Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Stock , John Edmonds (1811), Memoirs of the life of Thomas Beddoes, with an analytical account of his writings, Retrieved on 2012-01-04
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    04 JAN 2012

     A Very Qualified Statement on Experimenting on Patients

    I think it perfectly just, that he who, from the love of experiment, quits an approved for an uncertain practice, should suffer the full penalty of Egyptian law against medical innovation; as I would consign to the pillory, the wretch, who out of regard to his character, that is, to his fees, should follow the routine, when, from constant experience he is sure that his patient will die under it, provided any, not inhuman, deviation would give his patient a chance.
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    Dr. Thomas Beddoes condemns experiments for the sake of experiments, but appears to leave an opening for humane deviations from treatments where the doctor knows from repeated experience that the treatment does not work.