The Resource Against their will : the secret history of medical experimentation on children in cold war America, Allen M. Hornblum, Judith L. Newman, and Gregory J. Dober

Against their will : the secret history of medical experimentation on children in cold war America, Allen M. Hornblum, Judith L. Newman, and Gregory J. Dober

Label
Against their will : the secret history of medical experimentation on children in cold war America
Title
Against their will
Title remainder
the secret history of medical experimentation on children in cold war America
Statement of responsibility
Allen M. Hornblum, Judith L. Newman, and Gregory J. Dober
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Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"The sad history of young children, especially institutionalized children, being used as cheap and available test subjects - the raw material for experimentation - started long before the atomic age and went well beyond exposure to radioactive isotopes. Experimental vaccines for hepatitis, measles, polio and other diseases, exploratory therapeutic procedures such as electroshock and lobotomy, and untested pharmaceuticals such as curare and thorazine were all tested on young children in hospitals, orphanages, and mental asylums as if they were some widely accepted intermediary step between chimpanzees and humans. Occasionally, children supplanted the chimps. Bereft of legal status or protectors, institutionalized children were often the test subjects of choice for medical researchers hoping to discover a new vaccine, prove a new theory, or publish an article in a respected medical journal. Many took advantage of the opportunity. One would be hard-pressed to identify a researcher whose professional career was cut short because he incorporated week-old infants, ward-bound juvenile epileptics, or the profoundly retarded in his experiments. In short, involuntary, non-therapeutic, and dangerous experiments on children were far from an unusual or dishonorable endeavor during the last century."--
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DLC
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Hornblum, Allen M
Dewey number
174.2/9892
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
RJ85
LC item number
.H67 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2013 G-982
  • W 20.55.H9
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Newman, Judith L
  • Dober, Gregory J
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  • Pediatrics
  • Children
  • Human experimentation in medicine
  • Human Experimentation
  • Nontherapeutic Human Experimentation
  • Research Subjects
  • Ethics, Research
  • Child, Institutionalized
  • Eugenics
  • Child
  • History, 20th Century
Label
Against their will : the secret history of medical experimentation on children in cold war America, Allen M. Hornblum, Judith L. Newman, and Gregory J. Dober
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-259) 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
  • Psychological treatment: "Lobotomy ... is often the starting point in effective treatment"
  • Psychological abuse: "I call that brainwashing"
  • Reproduction and sexuality experiments: "They treated those girls just as if they were cattle"
  • Research misconduct: "Science actually encourages deceit" -- Conclusion
  • Introduction: "They'd come for you at night"
  • The age of heroic medicine: "At their best, medical men are the highest type yet reached by mankind"
  • Eugenics and the devaluing of institutionalized children: "The elimination of defectives"
  • World War II, patriotism and the Nuremburg Code: "It was a good code for barbarians"
  • Impact of the Cold War on human experimentation: "There weren't any guidelines as I can recall"
  • Vaccines: "Institutions for hydrocephalics and other similar unfortunates"
  • Skin, dietary, and dental studies: "The kids in these institutions are so desperate for affection"
  • Radiation experiments on children: "The littlest dose of radiation possible"
Control code
ocn825196492
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 266 pages
Isbn
9780230341715
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2012051032
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40022523800
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)825196492
Label
Against their will : the secret history of medical experimentation on children in cold war America, Allen M. Hornblum, Judith L. Newman, and Gregory J. Dober
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-259) 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
  • Psychological treatment: "Lobotomy ... is often the starting point in effective treatment"
  • Psychological abuse: "I call that brainwashing"
  • Reproduction and sexuality experiments: "They treated those girls just as if they were cattle"
  • Research misconduct: "Science actually encourages deceit" -- Conclusion
  • Introduction: "They'd come for you at night"
  • The age of heroic medicine: "At their best, medical men are the highest type yet reached by mankind"
  • Eugenics and the devaluing of institutionalized children: "The elimination of defectives"
  • World War II, patriotism and the Nuremburg Code: "It was a good code for barbarians"
  • Impact of the Cold War on human experimentation: "There weren't any guidelines as I can recall"
  • Vaccines: "Institutions for hydrocephalics and other similar unfortunates"
  • Skin, dietary, and dental studies: "The kids in these institutions are so desperate for affection"
  • Radiation experiments on children: "The littlest dose of radiation possible"
Control code
ocn825196492
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 266 pages
Isbn
9780230341715
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2012051032
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40022523800
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)825196492

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