The Cartwright Papers

Essays on the Cervical Cancer Inquiry, 1987–1988

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Pages: 222

RRP: $39.99

ISBN: 9781877242458

ISTC: A02201200002135C

DOI: 10.7810/9781877242458

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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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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