Selected works in Bioethics


Methodological issues

“Specifying Norms as a Way to Resolve Concrete Ethical Problems”Philosophy & Public Affairs
19(4): 279–310 (1990).

“Specifying, Balancing, and Interpreting Bioethical Principles”, Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 25(3): 285–307 (2000).


Ancillary Care and Incidental Findings in Medical Research

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Moral Entanglements (Oxford, 2012)

In this book on the ancillary care obligations of medical researchers, Richardson asks some critical questions. Does a researcher testing an HIV vaccine in Africa have an obligation to provide anti-retrovirals to those who become HIV positive during the trial? Should a researcher studying a volunteer's brain scan, who sees a possible tumor, do more than simply refer him or her to a specialist? While most would agree that some special obligation does exist in these cases, what is the basis of this obligation, and what are its limits?


“Medical Researchers’ Ancillary Clinical-Care Responsibilities” (with Leah Belskey), British Medical Journal 328(7454): 1494–1496 (2004).

“The Ancillary-Care Responsibilities of Medical Researchers" (with Leah Belskey),  Hastings Center Report,  34(1): 25–33 (2004).

“Gradations of Ancillary-Care Responsibility for HIV-AIDS in Developing Countries”American Journal of Public Health 97(11): 1956–1961 (2007).

“The Ancillary-Care Obligations of Medical Researchers Working in Developing Countries” (with participants in the 2006 Georgetown University Workshop on the Ancillary-Care Obligations of Medical Researchers Working in Developing Countries), PLoS Medicine 5(5): e90 (2008).

“Incidental Findings and Ancillary-Care Obligations”Journal of Law and Medical Ethics, 36(2): 256–211 (2008).

“Public Health Doctors’ Ancillary-Care Obligations”Public Health Ethics 3(1): 63–67 (2010).

“Secondary Researchers’ Duties” (with Mildred K. Cho), Genetics in Medicine 4: 467–472 (2012).

"Capabilities and the Definition of Health: Comments on Venkatapuram", Bioethics 30(1): 1-7 (2016).

"Intelligence and Transparency in Health Technology Assessment," International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care 32: 3-6 (2016).

"Locating Medical Researchers' Ancillary-Care Obligations within the Division of Moral Labor," in S. Matthew Liao & Collin O'Neil, eds., Current Controversies in Bioethics (N.Y.: Routledge, 2017): 15-28.

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