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Dr. Carl Elliott

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Professor At the Center for Bioet...

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University of Minnesota
MMC 807 420 Delaware Street S.E.
Minneapolis , Minnesota 55455
United States

Company Description: Established in 1985, the University of Minnesota's Center for Bioethics is a nationally prominent, yet locally focused, resource that conducts important research...   more

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  • MD
    Medical University of South Carolina
  • PhD , philosophy
    Glasgow University
  • MD PhD
  • Davidson College
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"It seems to me like if ..., 23 Sept 2015 [cached]
"It seems to me like if you were considering signing up for one of these things, you would at least want to know the data that's out there about [safety]," said Carl Elliott, a bioethics professor at the University of Minnesota who has writtenextensively on the ethics of human-subject research. "[But] since it's not on, you can't."
In 2001, Elliott co-authored an editorial titled "Justice for the Professional Guinea Pig," arguing for an overhaul of the way human subjects are treated. "Studies on healthy subjects-unlike research on sick patients-are best characterized as a kind of labor relations," he wrote. Among other things, he argued that participants should be able to negotiate payment based on the discomfort they experience during a study.
"Under the basic ethics guidelines ... research subjects are treated as if they are altruistic volunteers," he told me.
"It's work, but it offers none of the protections of work," Elliott said.
For Elliott, money is less of a concern than safety.
And the IRB process, Elliott said, has its own problems. Many IRBs are for-profit businesses hired by CROs and drug companies, which means "you're essentially paying an oversight body to approve your study. The incentives to make it easy on the research sponsors are pretty dramatic," he said. University IRBs, which can involve one colleague reviewing another's study, aren't foolproof either.
"Neither of those makes sense," he said.
by Carl ..., 26 May 2015 [cached]
by Carl Elliott
Carl Elliott is a professor at the Center for Bioethics at the University of Minnesota. This essay is adapted from his book White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine (2010), published this month by Beacon Press.
Is it ethical to use enhancement technologies to make us better than well?, 30 Dec 2004 [cached]
But Elliot, Associate Professor at the Center for Bioethics at the University of Minnesota, and author of the book Better Than Well, worries "about the larger social effects of embracing medical enhancement technologies too enthusiastically."For example, athletes taking steroids may improve their own ability but they set off "a steroid arms race" that could destroy their sport.Manufacturers of enhancement technologies "will usually exploit the blurry line between enhancement and treatment in order to sell drugs."Citing the story of the diet drug Fen-Phen, Elliot says that "an alarming number of supposedly risk-free enhancements have later been associated with unanticipated side effects."
Carl ElliotUniversity of MinnesotaCenter for Bioethics
Atlantic Unbound | Interviews | 2003.08.05 [cached]
Carl Elliott, the author of Better Than Well, talks about amputee wannabes, Extreme Makeover, and the meta-ethics of bioethics
by Carl Elliott
Elliott is uniquely qualified to deal with such issues of body and mind-after finishing medical school, he pursued a Ph.D. in moral philosophy instead of entering clinical practice-and in his book he digs deeply, examining such transformative standbys as cosmetic surgery and antidepressant drugs, as well as subtler innovations like piercing, tattoos, and speech therapy for people looking to shed their regional accents.Though the methods Elliott writes about range widely, they are all similarly entangled with delicate issues of identity and self-esteem.
While personal anxiety is a driving force behind the demand for enhancement technologies, Elliott notes that other factors-not least the macroeconomics of the pharmaceutical industry-can hardly be left out of the equation. (A tagline on the Web site promoting the Botox tour is instructive on this point: "CONSULT a Physician at your Local Mall".)
And as he sifts through the occasionally risky and often controversial answers medicine has offered in response to our discomforts and insecurities, Elliott comes up with nearly as many questions of his own: Is it moral to improve oneself through artificial means?Can medical solutions address deep social needs?When you reinvent yourself, who do you become?Elliott observes that our preoccupation with medicalizing and diagnosing all that ails us may not necessarily hold the key to the wholeness, comfort, and happiness that the popularity of enhancement technologies suggests we crave.Indeed, this clinical impulse has the potential to obscure as well as to explain.Elliott writes: On Prozac, Sisyphus might well push the boulder back up the mountain with more enthusiasm and more creativity.I do not want to deny the benefits of psychoactive medication.I just want to point out that Sisyphus is not a patient with a mental health problem.To see him as a patient with a mental health problem is to ignore certain larger aspects of his predicament connected to boulders, mountains, and eternity.Carl Elliott is a professor of bioethics and philosophy at the University of Minnesota, and a visiting associate professor at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton.He is the author of The Rules of Insanity (1996) and A Philosophical Disease (1998), and a co-editor of The Last Physician: Walker Percy and the Moral Life of Medicine (1999).He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and three children.
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Bioethics Forum, 26 Jan 2014 [cached]
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Carl Elliott, a Hastings Center Fellow, is a professor at the Center for Bioethics at the University of Minnesota. His most recent book is White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine.
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