Ethics in Medicine
These children face a high risk of blindness and death.
The goal of the study was to determine which level of oxygen in a baby’s incubator produced the best results.
Before enrolling families in the study, the investigators did not tell them that being in the study could increase their child’s risk of blindness or death.
The study made some important discoveries: the level at which too much oxygen increased the risk of blindness and level at which too little increased the risk of death.
What would Mill and Kant say about this decision not to tell the families?