The Resource Acres of skin : human experiments at Holmesburg Prison : a true story of abuse and exploitation in the name of medical science, Allen M. Hornblum

Acres of skin : human experiments at Holmesburg Prison : a true story of abuse and exploitation in the name of medical science, Allen M. Hornblum

Label
Acres of skin : human experiments at Holmesburg Prison : a true story of abuse and exploitation in the name of medical science
Title
Acres of skin
Title remainder
human experiments at Holmesburg Prison : a true story of abuse and exploitation in the name of medical science
Statement of responsibility
Allen M. Hornblum
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
At a time of increased interest and renewed shock over the Tuskegee syphilis experiments, Acres of Skin sheds light on yet another dark episode of American medical history. In this disturbing expose, Allen M. Hornblum tells the story of Philadelphia's Holmesburg Prison. From the early 1950s through the mid-1970s, Holmesburg's inmates were used in exchange for a few dollars, as guinea pigs in a host of medical experiments. Acres of Skin argues that at Holmesburg the American medical establishment betrayed the ideals of the Hippocratic Oath and the Nuremberg Code. An array of doctors, in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania and prison officials, established Holmesburg as a laboratory testing ground. Hundreds of prisoners were used to test products from facial creams and skin moisturizers to perfumes, detergents and anti-rash treatments. Other experiments used the inmates as test subjects for far more hazardous, even potentially lethal, substances such as radioactive isotopes, dioxin and chemical warfare agents
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hornblum, Allen M
Dewey number
174/.28
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
R853.H8
LC item number
H67 1998
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 1998 E-612
  • WR 20
NLM item number
H814a 1998
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Holmesburg Prison
  • Holmesburg Prison
  • Holmesburg Prison
  • Holmesburg Prison (Philadelphia County, Pa.)
  • Human experimentation in medicine
  • Prisoners
  • Convict labor
  • Dermatology
  • Dermatology
  • Human Experimentation
  • Prisons
Label
Acres of skin : human experiments at Holmesburg Prison : a true story of abuse and exploitation in the name of medical science, Allen M. Hornblum
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-284) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The subjects, the doctors, and the experiments. "The money was good and the money was easy." / Inmates recall life and experiments at Holmesburg Prison -- "It was like a farmer seeing a fertile field." / Dr. Albert M. Kilgman enters Holmesburg -- Twentieth-century American penal experimentation. "They're dropping like flies out here." / History of U.S. prisoner experimentation -- Cruel and unusual experiments. "The walls seemed to be breathing." / The Army tests chemical warfare agents
  • "I am not part of the program." / Radioactive isotopes are introduced -- "Danger! This material is extremely toxic." / The dioxin experiments -- The end of experimentation at Holmesburg. "Where are we going to do these things now?" / The slow demise of inmate experimentation -- "Retin-A's birthplace was at Holmesburg Prison." / The discovery of Retin-A -- "A conspiracy of silence." / Conclusion
Control code
ocn459797945
Extent
xxii, 297 pages
Isbn
9780415919906
Lccn
97041755
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)459797945
Label
Acres of skin : human experiments at Holmesburg Prison : a true story of abuse and exploitation in the name of medical science, Allen M. Hornblum
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-284) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The subjects, the doctors, and the experiments. "The money was good and the money was easy." / Inmates recall life and experiments at Holmesburg Prison -- "It was like a farmer seeing a fertile field." / Dr. Albert M. Kilgman enters Holmesburg -- Twentieth-century American penal experimentation. "They're dropping like flies out here." / History of U.S. prisoner experimentation -- Cruel and unusual experiments. "The walls seemed to be breathing." / The Army tests chemical warfare agents
  • "I am not part of the program." / Radioactive isotopes are introduced -- "Danger! This material is extremely toxic." / The dioxin experiments -- The end of experimentation at Holmesburg. "Where are we going to do these things now?" / The slow demise of inmate experimentation -- "Retin-A's birthplace was at Holmesburg Prison." / The discovery of Retin-A -- "A conspiracy of silence." / Conclusion
Control code
ocn459797945
Extent
xxii, 297 pages
Isbn
9780415919906
Lccn
97041755
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)459797945

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