- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1 edition (June 25, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0230341713
- ISBN-13: 978-0230341715
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,057,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Against Their Will: The Secret History of Medical Experimentation on Children in Cold War America 1st Edition
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“The authors do a terrific job of striking the right balance in detailing one of the darkest chapters in modern American medicine, perpetrated by some of the brightest women and men in the field who were affiliated with among the most prestigious scientific and medical institutions in this country.” ―The Boston Globe
“Against Their Will is a powerful, important book, which lucidly documents one of the most shameful--and frankly horrifying--chapters in American history. I hope that it will be widely read and discussed, and that as we confront this past, it will prompt us to think of this question: How are we doing today as a society when it comes to protecting and nurturing our most vulnerable children?” ―Robert Whittaker, author of Anatomy of an Epidemic
“Against Their Will is a chilling book that will open your eyes to one of the darkest chapters in our nation's history. Sometimes disturbing, at times appalling, it is the kind of book that keeps you turning pages to find out more. The authors have researched the subject in depth and have done a masterful job documenting what, to most of us, is shocking and unthinkable. Highly recommended.” ―Andrew Goliszek, author of In The Name of Science
“Against Their Will is a moving and impressively researched account of science gone awry, and it's full of unjustly forgotten stories from a dark era. It will engross anyone interested in medicine's past, the institutional treatment of children, and the best of investigative writing.” ―Jack El-Hai, author of The Lobotomist: A Maverick Medical Genius and His Tragic Quest to Rid the World of Mental Illness
“The authors of Against Their Will have done an outstanding job in identifying these egregious events and critically reviewing the fascinating, sociopolitical circumstances in which they occurred. This thoroughly researched, highly absorbing book will undoubtedly have a significant positive impact upon medical research in future years. A truly marvelous contribution to patient safety and human dignity by three erudite authors.” ―Cyril Wecht, MD, author of From Crime Scene to Courtroom
“Horrifying and painstakingly documented history…[of] the chilling legacy of negative eugenics--the sickening imperative to prevent the survival and reproduction of the least fit--and the push by the 20th-century medical establishment to find cures and treatments by using children as human guinea pigs…At least now, their voices are heard.” ―Publishers Weekly
“The harrowing story of the exploitation of institutionalized children in American medical research.” ―Kirkus
About the Author
Allen M. Hornblum is the author of five books, including Acres of Skin and Sentenced to Science. His work has been featured on CBS Evening News, Good Morning America, NPR's Fresh Air, BBC World Service, and The New York Times.
Judith Lynn Newman is an associate professor of Human Development at Penn State University (Abington).
Gregory J. Dober writes on medical issues for organizational newsletters such as Prison Legal News.
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One American neurologist, Walter Freeman, would become a leading figure and a specialist in carrying out lobotomies on children. He was a disciple of Egas Moniz, a Portuguese physician who proselytized the attributes of lobotomy in the fight against a variety of psychological disorders. Freeman once performed lobotomies on 25 women in one day. Ergo, if lobotomies could produce improvements in adults with serious mental problems, it could do the same for children. Hundreds of lobotomies were performed on a vast array of patients including "11 individuals whose schizophrenia developed before the age of ten".
Other feebleminded children or idiots placed in American orphanages were also subject to various and hideous experiments-all conducted in the name of scientific progress. This was the extension of the eugenic movement ideology which ran wild during the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th.
This book demonstrates the huge hypocrisy of the American scientific establishment. On the one hand, it criticized heavily the atrocious deeds committed by the Nazis, as has been shown by the Nazi trials after the war. On the other hand, the same critics perpetrated almost the same crimes, but this time their motivation was the Cold War ideology.
Some doctors wanted to conduct clinical trials and were motivated by noble causes, but others were motivated by greed and fame. By behaving in this way, they forgot or gave up their Hippocratic Oath and routinely trafficked in children to operationalize some bit of medical research. The guinea pigs were poor children who were given tests to see how vaccines worked; in what way radioactive foods had an influence on the body, and some were even injected with LSD. Others were subjected to lobotomies and electric shock treatments.
If you thought that at the beginning of the 21st century things like the ones described before stopped, you are wrong. As the authors point out, American institutions have been replaced by China, India, Tunisia and Nigeria as sites for Phase One drug studies. Drug firms now travel to "places where regulation is virtually nonexistent, the FDA does not reach, and the mistakes can end up in pauper's graves".
To tell the truth, this book will make you sick. It becomes a burden on the reader and it shows to what extent the most noble and respected scientists and doctors became monsters. This book is about science gone absolutely mad and the authors have written an excellent book documenting for many years the horrible deeds committed in the name of scientific progress. This book can also serve as a severe warning of how a respected community of men and women can go mad when nobody controls them. It is about moral amnesia and ethical paralysis of those in the medical and psychological reaerch professions who became totally perverted. Highly recommended!
They need to know what is happening to the children of the world.