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Acres of skin : human experiments at Holmesburg Prison : a story of abuse and exploitation in the name of medical science

Author: Allen M Hornblum
Publisher: New York : Routledge, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Named Person: Holmesburg Prison.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Allen M Hornblum
ISBN: 0415919908 9780415919906
OCLC Number: 614012983
Description: xxii, 297 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The subjects, the doctors, and the experiments. "The money was good and the money was easy." / Inmates recall life and experiments at Holmesburg Prison --
"It was like a farmer seeing a fertile field." / Dr. Albert M. Kilgman enters Holmesburg --
Twentieth-century American penal experimentation. "They're dropping like flies out here." / History of U.S. prisoner experimentation --
Cruel and unusual experiments. "The walls seemed to be breathing." / The Army tests chemical warfare agents. "I am not part of the program." / Radioactive isotopes are introduced --
"Danger! This material is extremely toxic." / The dioxin experiments --
The end of experimentation at Holmesburg. "Where are we going to do these things now?" / The slow demise of inmate experimentation --
"Retin-A's birthplace was at Holmesburg Prison." / The discovery of Retin-A --
"A conspiracy of silence." / Conclusion.
Responsibility: Allen M. Hornblum.

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Raises provocative questions about human rights, prison treatment, and medical and research ethics. Based on research into Philadelphia's Holmesburg Prison in the 1950s and 1970s, where inmates were  Read more...

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