Useful Bodies: Humans in the Service of Medical Science in the Twentieth Century

Useful Bodies: Humans in the Service of Medical Science in the Twentieth Century

by Jordan Goodman
     
 

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Though notoriously associated with Germany, human experimentation in the name of science has been practiced in other countries as well, both before and since the Nazi era. Useful Bodies explores the intersection of government power and medical knowledge in revealing studies of human experimentation—germ warfare and jaundice tests in Great Britain;

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Though notoriously associated with Germany, human experimentation in the name of science has been practiced in other countries as well, both before and since the Nazi era. Useful Bodies explores the intersection of government power and medical knowledge in revealing studies of human experimentation—germ warfare and jaundice tests in Great Britain; radiation, malaria, and hepatitis experiments in the United States; and nuclear fallout trials in Australia.

"Makes a strong case for adopting a broad perspective in the analysis of research ethics... Besides gaining a rich picture of past scientific practices, readers will be better equipped to monitor the continuing search of 'useful bodies' in our own era."— Nature Medicine

"Each chapter is a startling case study that examines the nature and degree of the state's involvement in human experimentation... With contributions by leading historians of medicine, science, and public policy, Useful Bodies will be of interest to ethicists, bioethicists and those engaged in the formulation of public health and policy."— Issues in Law and Medicine

"A significant contribution to our understanding of the role of the state in human subjects research."— Journal of the History of Biology

"Well written and meticulously researched, these essays offer the historical context to understand and evaluate human experimentation."— Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences

Jordan Goodman is an honorary research fellow at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London. Anthony McElligott is founding professor of history and director of the Centre for Historical Research at the University of Limerick. Lara Marks is a visiting senior research associate at Cambridge University and an honorary senior lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Clinical Research Best Practices
With a refreshing lack of sensationalism, the essays offer fascinating details and perspectives on human experimentation conducted or funded by governments.

— Norman M. Goldfarb

Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Well-written and meticulously researched, these essays offer the historical context to understand and evaluate human experimentation.

— Karen Ross

Perspectives in Biology and Medicine
Although the chapters examine the tensions and moral ambiguities in research supported, sponsored, or performed by researchers in democratic states, the time period from which these cases are drawn makes a comparison with the research supported and performed by the Nazi government inevitable and disturbing. I highly recommend this book to those interested in the history and ethics of human experimentation.

— Lainie Friedman Ross

Journal of Clinical Investigation
The well-documented essays cite a rich body of sources.

— Susanna Cunningham

Issues in Law and Medicine

Each chapter is a startling case study that examines the nature and degree of the state's involvement in human experimentation... With contributions by leading historians of medicine, science, and public policy, Useful Bodies will be of interest to ethicists, bioethicists and those engaged in the formulation of public health and policy.

Nature Medicine
Offers worthwhile lessons for contemporary researchers, scholars, and policy makers... [and] makes a strong case for adopting a broad perspective in the analysis of research ethics... Besides gaining a rich picture of past scientific practices, readers will be better equipped to monitor the continuing search of 'useful bodies' in our own era.

— Rebecca Dresser

Journal of the History of Biology
These articles make a significant contribution to our understanding of the role of the state in human subjects research.

— Margot Iverson

Choice

Using specific examples of biomedical research in the 20th century, this collection addresses the role and treatment of the body by biomedical researchers.

American Historical Review
This excellent volume treats human experimentation in Britain and the United States from 1920 to 1970.

— Londa Schiebinger

Nature Medicine - Rebecca Dresser

Offers worthwhile lessons for contemporary researchers, scholars, and policy makers... [and] makes a strong case for adopting a broad perspective in the analysis of research ethics... Besides gaining a rich picture of past scientific practices, readers will be better equipped to monitor the continuing search of 'useful bodies' in our own era.

Journal of Clinical Investigation - Susanna Cunningham

The well-documented essays cite a rich body of sources.

American Historical Review - Londa Schiebinger

This excellent volume treats human experimentation in Britain and the United States from 1920 to 1970.

Journal of the History of Biology - Margot Iverson

These articles make a significant contribution to our understanding of the role of the state in human subjects research.

Perspectives in Biology and Medicine - Lainie Friedman Ross

Although the chapters examine the tensions and moral ambiguities in research supported, sponsored, or performed by researchers in democratic states, the time period from which these cases are drawn makes a comparison with the research supported and performed by the Nazi government inevitable and disturbing. I highly recommend this book to those interested in the history and ethics of human experimentation.

Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences - Karen Ross

Well-written and meticulously researched, these essays offer the historical context to understand and evaluate human experimentation.

Journal of Clinical Research Best Practices - Norman M. Goldfarb

With a refreshing lack of sensationalism, the essays offer fascinating details and perspectives on human experimentation conducted or funded by governments.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801881572
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2004
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

M. Susan Lindee

This volume is a rich, nuanced contribution to our continuing negotiation of the tensions between medical benefit, human subjects, knowledge production, and the power of the state. The case studies are often surprising and provocative. It presents an eye-opening picture of the ambiguity and moral complexity that continue to shape clinical interactions.

M. Susan Lindee, University of Pennsylvania

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