Against Their Will

Against Their Will

The Secret History of Medical Experimentation on Children in Cold War America

Book - 2013 | First edition
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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: 2013
New York City : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780230341715
Branch Call Number: 174.29892 H7835A 2013
174.29892 H783a
Characteristics: x, 266 pages, 6 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Newman, Judith L.
Dober, Gregory J.


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Aug 13, 2017

A book that should be on a required list of reading for everyone! Not only so that all have knowledge of the cruelness some are capable of here in the US but so that there can be less of it happening anymore. History tends to repeat its self and especially when it is not acknowledged in the first place!

This is one of those books that reveals a disgusting and inhumane history of people who coldly took advantage of those less fortunate! Nothing like this should have ever gone on in a supposed civilized world and what is heartbreaking is that it more than likely is still going on. Not as much in the US but it has moved on to other countries with their most vulnerable! It could possibly still be going on here but would be more hidden.

There is no justification for this kind of experimentation anywhere!

Oct 18, 2014

A really, really important book, coveying a sordid history of which probably few Americans are aware of - - which may very well be continuing to the present? One error the author makes is this quote from p. 173: /// The deaths of . . . and Frank Olson, a biological weapons expert, in 1952, were caused by dedicated but reckless government operatives pursuing greater knowledge . . .\\\ No, other researchers, and Frank Olson's son, have long disproved this. Olson had observed, interesting enough, another deadly and non-volunteer human experiment in England, causing him to submit his resignation to the CIA, and his murder followed. [The author should read, Bob Coen's outstanding book, Dead Silence.]


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