The Cartwright Papers

The Cartwright Papers

Essays on the Cervical Cancer Inquiry, 1987–1988

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The Cartwright Inquiry’s finding that staff at the National Women’s Hospital had conducted unethical research on women with cervical cancer was a watershed moment in medical history. Yet recent attempts have been made to challenge the Inquiry’s finding.

The Cartwright Papers is a comprehensive rebuttal of those challenges, setting out the damage done by the ‘unfortunate experiment’. Setting out the context of the National Women’s controversy, it pulls apart the challenges to the Cartwright findings with contributions from medical experts, historians and feminist writers, including the author of the original exposé of the experiment, Sandra Coney.

Part of Series 21: into a new century.

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Alastair Campbell
Silvia Cartwright
Sandra Coney
Jan Crosthwaite
Ron Jones
Joanna Manning
Clare Matheson
Ron Paterson
Charlotte Paul
Barbara Brookes
David Skegg
Voo Teck Chuan
Jacqueline Chin

Table of contents

Report Summary

1. A Never-ending Story
2. Exposing the experiment
3. The 1984 Article
4. The Cervical Cancer Study
5. The Making of a Controversy
6. Medicine in Context
7. The Unfortunate History
8. New Zealand’s Code of Patients’ Rights
9. Could It Happen Again?
10. An International Perspective

Appendix: New Zealand’s Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights

Print publication:
Ebook publication: Dec 2018
Pages: 222
RRP: $39.99
ISBN: 9781877242458
ISTC: A02201200002135C
DOI: 10.7810/9781877242458

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Read Anne Else's review of the Cartwright Papers in New Zealand Books.

'This is a fascinating book. ... It is a very engaging account of an important period of recent New Zealand history, of complex scientific and ethical issues, and of rapid change in the power politics of medicine in this country.' Professor Jennie Connor, Journal of the New Zealand Medical Association, 30 July 2010