This is the third LIBERTARIAN BIOETHICS BLOG post concerning Ronald White's article "Institutional Review Board Mission Creep: The Common Rule, Social Science, and the Nanny State." Tonight's subject is the Conceptual Problems with the IRB Regulatory System section, in which the author analyzes "four socially constructed conceptual oddities that contribute substantially to IRB mission creep: the system's overly broad definition of research as "generalizable knowledge"; it failure to distinguish clearly between biomedical and behavior risk; its over reliance on the concept of "vulnerable populations"; and its systematic failure to distinguish between "conducting scientific research" and "teaching scientific research."" White comprehensively critiques these 4 concepts and, appropriately, finds them wanting. Anecdotes illustrating the absurdity of the author's 4 conceptual targets are especially telling. I have no objections to White's analysis in this section of the article.
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Don Stacy is a 43 yo libertarian writer and physician and bioethics graduate student. His articles have been published by multiple libertarian-themed websites. He practices medicine as a radiation oncologist in Louisville, KY and Jeffersonville, IN.