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Doctor Reviews the Ethical Review Boards
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When Robert Klitzman, MD, first began researching institutional review boards (IRBs), he was struck by how little he — or anyone — knew.

“There was very little data about how they actually make decisions,” Klitzman, a psychiatrist and director of the Bioethics program at Columbia University, told MedPage Today.

His latest book tries to change that. For it, he interviewed dozens of IRB chairs to find out how the organizations come to the decisions they do, and why there is so much variation among them.

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