It's hard to believe that it's been twenty years since the Cartwright Report was released. But I think it is even harder to believe that for almost 20 years a Doctor was able to conduct an experiment which denied life-saving treatment for cervical cancer to the women who entrusted him with their lives. New Zealand being the place it is, 'Ruth,' whose story lead to the Cartwright inquiry was the Deputy Principal at my High School.
I think we sometimes forget how profound this event was in New Zealand medicine. Fortunately the Herald featured has an interesting overview of the changes on Saturday so I will leave you with an anecdote of my own. When I was at university I did an assignment on this shameful chapter of New Zealand history. The Canadian lecturer who marked the paper pulled me aside one day saying she had never understood why the University of Auckland's requirements for gaining Human Subject Ethics approval for research were so stringent until she read the essay. Perhaps some would say all this paperwork was 'PC gone mad!!!' if they didn't know the history behind it.