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"Against Their Will is a chilling book that will open your eyes to one of the darkest chapters in our nation's history. Sometimes disturbing, at times appalling, it is the kind of book that keeps you turning pages to find out more. The authors have researched the subject in depth and have done a masterful job documenting what, to most of us, is shocking and unthinkable. Highly recommended.”—Andrew Goliszek, author of In The Name of Science
"Against Their Will is a moving and impressively researched account of science gone awry, and it's full of unjustly forgotten stories from a dark era. It will engross anyone interested in medicine's past, the institutional treatment of children, and the best of investigative writing."— Jack El-Hai, author of The Lobotomist: A Maverick Medical Genius and His Tragic Quest to Rid the World of Mental Illness
“The authors of Against Their Will have done an outstanding job in identifying these egregious events and critically reviewing the fascinating, sociopolitical circumstances in which they occurred. This thoroughly researched, highly absorbing book will undoubtedly have a significant positive impact upon medical research in future years. A truly marvelous contribution to patient safety and human dignity by three erudite authors.”—Cyril Wecht, MD, author of From Crime Scene to Courtroom
Table of Contents
Introduction: "They'd come for you at night."
Chapter 1 - The Heroes of Science in the "Gilded Age of Medicine "
Chapter 2 - Eugenics and the Devaluing of Institutionalized Children: "The elimination of defectives."
Chapter 3 - World War II, Patriotism, and the Nuremberg Code: "It was a good code for barbarians."
Chapter 4 - Impact of the Cold War on Human Experimentation: "There weren't any guidelines as I can recall."
Chapter 5 - Vaccines: "Institutions for hydrocephalics and other similar unfortunates."
Chapter 6 - Skin, Dietary, and Dental Studies: "The kids in these institutions are so desperate for affection."
Chapter 7 - Radiation Experiments on boys: "The littlest dose of radiation possible."
Chapter 8 - Psychological Treatment: "Lobotomy … is often the starting point in effective treatment."
Chapter 9 - Psychological Abuse: "I call that brainwashing."
Chapter 11 - Research Misconduct: "Science actually encourages deceit."
Chapter 12 - Conclusion: Upholding Ethical Principles