The "unfortunate experiment" into the progression of cervical carcinoma in situ, conducted at the National Women's Hospital in Auckland, led to the most far-reaching reforms of research protection in New Zealand history. And like many other research scandals, the "unfortunate experiment" was brought to light not by oversight authorities, but by journalists -- in this case, Sandra Coney and Phillida Bunkle, writing in Metro magazine in June, 1987. When the Metro article was published, public outrage was almost immediate. A government investigation -- The Cartwright Inquiry -- was initiated right away and completed within a year, resulting in sweeping changes to the protection of patient rights in New Zealand.
And yet the original Metro article is very difficult to find. That's why I have posted it online. For anyone interested in how investigative journalism can produce genuine medical reform, this excellent piece is worth careful study.