Annals of Internal Medicine
18 August 2020 Volume 173, Issue 4
History of Medicine
Biomedical Research in Times of Emergency: Lessons From History
Deborah Doroshow, MD, PhD, Scott Podolsky, MD, and Justin Barr, MD, PhD
COVID-19 has disrupted the lives of billions of people worldwide. Emergencies can stimulate substantial investment of resources that catalyze impressive scientific accomplishments but can also lead to false promises and ethical breaches. The authors discuss how history shows the importance of treating early results with caution, given that we are only beginning to understand SARS-CoV-2.