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4.0 out of 5 stars U.S. Government sponsored human experimentation, December 6, 1999
This review is from: The Plutonium Files: America's Secret Medical Experiments in the Cold War (Hardcover)
Ms. Welsome is to be congratulated on her perspicacity and persistance in uncovering the radiation experiments; however this is only the tip of the ice-berg. The Department of Defense and its secretary through the Armed Forces Epidemiological Board demanded and funded research utilizing enlisted military personnel, usually recruits, as subjects for epidemiological studies, particularly in the area of acute respiratory infections and their sequelae. Thousands of recruits were involved wihout their knowledge or permission and officer personnel were pointedly excluded.These studies were conducted by military physicians under the direction of some of the most prominent academicians from the most prestigious medical schools. The vast majority were not injured by their participation although some were undoubtedly crippled by subsequent heart disease. To my knowledge, there has never been an attempt to determine the extent of the damage to those individuals. Such a study would be interesting.
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