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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.
Johns Hopkins University Press
Offers detailed accounts of experiments on both healthy & unhealthy people/discusses patient consent, ethical problems
— Norman M. Goldfarb
|List of Illustrations|
|1||"The Sacred Cord": Doctors, Patients, and Medical Research||1|
|2||The Charge of Human Vivisection||27|
|3||The American Medical Association and the Defense of Research||51|
|4||Rules for Research: Human Experimentation and the AMA Code of Ethics||73|
|5||"Your Dog and Your Baby": The Continuing Campaign against Human Vivisection||101|
|6||Heroes and Martyrs: Human Experimentation in an Age of Medical Progress||126|