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ISBN-13: 978-0195107920
ISBN-10: 0195107926
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"The committee has built an archive that will be of invaluable use to anyone concerned with the past or future of human experimentation, indeed, to anyone intent on keeping government responsive to its citizens."--Journal of the American Medical Association

"Excellent. Comprehensive, detailed, authoritative and clear ly written."--Canadian Medical Association Journal

"...an intriguing read: part cold war history, part careful review of voluminous files, part commentary on the status of human subjects research historically and in the contemporary period, and part illustration of the state of bioethics research methodology as applied to public policy."--Hastings Center Report

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About the Committee:
On January 15, 1994, President Clinton appointed the Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments to investigate reports of possibly unethical experiments funded by the government decades ago. The members of the Advisory Committee included fourteen private citizens from around the country: a representative of the general public, and thirteen experts in bioethics, radiation oncology and biology, nuclear medicine, epidemiology and biostatistics, public health, history of science and medicine, and law.
The Advisory Committee submitted its final report to the President in late 1995, and this book contains the entire text of the report. It also includes the full text of the President's remarks in acceptance of the report and a complete index.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (June 6, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195107926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195107920
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 2 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,222,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 7, 1999
Format: Hardcover
For the first time, an interested reader is able to find a clear treatment of a very sensitive issue in one comprehensive volume. The report presents the facts with a minimum of editorial or political "spin" and represents a critical step forward in our understanding of the Cold War's effects on innocent civilians as well as our atomic veterans, who were used as military guinea pigs. Readable, understandable, and objective, this work is highly recommended for all who want to take a critical look at the ethics of science and our medical establishment, and informed consent. The Nazis were tried for their crimes at Nurenberg; American victims of indiscriminant radiation testing have yet to find justice.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Velvet Marmoset on September 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I have no idea of the accuracy or inaccuracy of the information in this book, but as a medical student and engineer and interested reader, I can say it is not a smooth read. You must wade through many wordy paragraphs to find small nuggets of poorly organized information. I find it difficult to believe that this was a "report" -- you certainly can't dial up any desired info very easily by checking the table of contents -- you have to really hunt for stuff, and then may find yourself disappointed with the lack of detail that results.

It is certainly a reasonable addition to a personal library for those interested in the topic, but it is by no means a solid reference.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Maine Writer VINE VOICE on March 23, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The government's theory is that these periodic "We're sorry and it will never happen again" blue ribbon committees will assuage the public and make us forget the outrage. Read it and then ask, "Why wasn't anyone sentenced to life in prison for crimes against humanity?"
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6 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 30, 1999
Format: Hardcover
"The Final Account of The Advisory Committee On Radiation Experiments" was a piece of governmental and military "PR"...It's intent was to entertain the naive and satisfy the the DOE, DOD and other agencies, That set forth to close the books on unethical experimentation that took place during the Cold-War era. The report in some references is purefiction, lies and half-truths desinged to down play the victims,so as to not be accountable for what the govenment and miliary did.
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