Originally designed to protect subjects of federally funded human research from physical harm, Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) have been hit with a barrage of unrelated mandates that impede their proper function and undermine legitimate and useful social science, science education, and freedom of inquiry. Despite a growing body of scholarly criticism, seasoned with IRB horror stories, the juggernaut continues.

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Other Independent Review articles by Ronald F. White
    Summer 2009   The Modern Health Care Maze
    Fall 2006   Direct-to-Consumer Advertising and the Demise of the Ideal Model of Health Care