For the Good of Mankind?

For the Good of Mankind?

The Shameful History of Human Medical Experimentation

eBook - 2012
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Experiment: A child is deliberately infected with the deadly smallpox disease without his parents' informed consent. Result: The world's first vaccine.

Experiment: A slave woman is forced to undergo more than thirty operations without anesthesia. Result: The beginnings of modern gynecology.

Incidents like these paved the way for crucial, lifesaving medical discoveries. But they also harmed and humiliated their test subjects. How do doctors balance the need to test new medicines and procedures with their ethical duty to protect the rights of humans? Take a journey through some of history's greatest medical advances--and its most horrifying medical atrocities--to discover how human suffering has gone hand in hand with medical advancement.

Publisher: Minneapolis : Twenty-First Century Books, [2012]
ISBN: 9781467716611
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Oct 18, 2014

A very short, but important book, which reminds me of John Hersey's book, The Child Buyer, but without his haunting and lyrical writing style and without his fictional plot, as this is strictly non-fiction! From this book: From 1949 to 1969, the U.S. government conducted more than two hundred secret biological warfare tests in the United States. . . . . researchers released viruses and bacteria in several states . . . Florida, Minnesota, and Missouri, and at Washington National Airport in Washington, D.C. In June 1966, the Pentagon . . . dispersed bacteria into the subway tunnels and streets of New York City.

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