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Acres of Skin: Human Experiments at Holmesburg Prison [Illustrated]
Author: Hornblum, Allen M.
Pages: 297

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Title Description
In this 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. Based on in-depth interviews with dozens of prisoners as well as the doctors and prison officials who, respectively, performed and permitted these experimental tests, Hornblum paints a disturbing portrait of abuse, moral indifference, and greed. Central to this account are the millions of dollars many of America's leading drug and consumer goods companies made available for the eager doctors seeking fame and fortune through their medical experiments. Many of these doctors established their illustrious careers on the backs of the inmates who served as the ideal test subjects - isolated, cheap, and locked behind bars.

Hardcover (May 1998)
Routledge ; ISBN-10: 0415919908 ; ISBN-13: 9780415919906 ; Dimensions (in inches): 9.25 x 9.00 x 6.75 ; Weight (in pounds): 1.60
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  • Author: Allen M. Hornblum


Review
"Hornblum's book reminds us that to be "informed", irrespective of where experiments or observations or clinical trials are done, the patients must be explicitly told of the rewards to the physicians and to their institutions for the work carried out on their bodies....The sins of our colleagues or predecessors are quickly forgotten. They need more rehearsal, discussion over and over again if we doctors are not endlessly to repeat them. More than a place in experimental laboratories an libraries, Hornblum's book deserves much consideration at ethical conferences. While many, including me, will not agree with all of his contentions, the ensuing debates will profit us all the patients who take part in our trials."   -  Lancet

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