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Subjected to Science: Human Experimentation in America before the Second World War / Edition 1

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Overview

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

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Editorial Reviews

New England Journal of Medicine
Lederer's writing is crisp and clear, her historical documentation is exhaustive, and her social commentary persuasive. This book is an important addition to the growing literature on the history of human experimentation and medical research.
Journal of Clinical Research Best Practices
Essential reading for anyone concerned with clinical research public policy and attitudes.

— Norman M. Goldfarb

Journal of Clinical Research Best Practices - Norman M. Goldfarb
Essential reading for anyone concerned with clinical research public policy and attitudes.
Booknews
Lederer (humanities, Pennsylvania State U.) draws on published reports, unpublished correspondence, the popular press, and antivivesection materials to reveal the biomedical research conducted in the US on healthy and unhealthy men, women, and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)
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Meet the Author

Susan E. Lederer is associate professor of the humanities at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center of the Pennsylvania State University.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
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
Epilogue 139
Appendix 143
Notes 147
Bibliographic Essay 183
Index 187
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