Subjected to Science: Human Experimentation in America Before the Second World War

Subjected to Science: Human Experimentation in America Before the Second World War

by Susan E. Lederer
     
 

Long before the U.S. government began conducting secret radiation and germ-warfare experiments, and long before the Tuskegee syphilis experiments, medical professionals had introduced — and hotly debated the ethics of — the use of human subjects in medical experiments. In Subjected to Science, Susan Lederer provides the first full-length history of

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Long before the U.S. government began conducting secret radiation and germ-warfare experiments, and long before the Tuskegee syphilis experiments, medical professionals had introduced — and hotly debated the ethics of — the use of human subjects in medical experiments. In Subjected to Science, Susan Lederer provides the first full-length history of biomedical research with human subjects in the earlier period, from 1890 to 1940.

Lederer offers detailed accounts of experiments — benign and otherwise — conducted on both healthy and unhealthy men, women, and children, including the yellow fever experiments (which ultimately became the subject of a Broadway play and Hollywood film), Udo Wile's "dental drill" experiments on insane patients, and Hideyo Noguchi's syphilis experiments, which involved injecting a number of healthy children and adults with the syphilis germ, luetin.

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Lederer (humanities, Pennsylvania State U.) draws on published reports, unpublished correspondence, the popular press, and antivivesection materials to reveal the biomedical research conducted in the US on healthy and unhealthy men, women, and children from 1890 to 1940. She uses the accounts as background for discussions of such issues as patient consent, self- experimentation, the authority of orthodox medicine, and the ethics of experimentation on humans. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801848209
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
06/28/1972
Series:
The Henry E. Sigerist Series in the History of Medicine
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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