Why are there so few whistleblowers in medical research?
University of Minnesota bioethicist Dr. Carl Elliott has long pondered that question. He spent years taking his own employer, the University of Minnesota, to task over its handling of the suicide of a psychiatric research participant, after reading about the case in a 2008 article in the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Now, Elliott has won a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship, and he's using it to write a book about whistleblowers in the medical research field. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Elliott about the project.