The Human Radiation Experiments: Final Report of the President's Advisory Committee

Hardcover | June 1, 1996

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This book describes in fascinating detail the variety of experiments sponsored by the U.S. government in which human subjects were exposed to radiation, often without their knowledge or consent. Based on a review of hundreds of thousands of heretofore unavailable or classified documents, thisReport tells a gripping story of the intricate relationship between science and the state. Under the thick veil of government secrecy, researchers conducted experiments that ranged from the mundane to such egregious violations as administering radioactive tracers to mentally retarded teenagers, injecting plutonium into hospital patients, and intentionally releasing radiation into theenvironment. This volume concludes with a discussion of the Committee's key findings and guidelines for changes in institutional review boards, ethics rules and policies, and balancing national security interests with individual rights. Ethicists, public health professionals and those interested inthe history of medicine and Cold War history will be intrigued by the findings of this landmark report.

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This book describes, in fascinating detail, a variety of experiments sponsored by the U.S. government in which people were exposed to radiation, often without their knowledge or consent.

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This book describes in fascinating detail the variety of experiments sponsored by the U.S. government in which human subjects were exposed to radiation, often without their knowledge or consent. Based on a review of hundreds of thousands of heretofore unavailable or classified documents, thisReport tells a gripping story of the intrica...

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This book describes, in fascinating detail, a variety of experiments sponsored by the U.S. government in which people were exposed to radiation, often without their knowledge or consent.

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 o...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:656 pages, 7.28 × 10.12 × 2.01 inPublished:June 1, 1996Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 13:9780195107920

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Table of Contents

Remarks by President William J. ClintonIntroduction: The Atomic CenturyI. Ethics of Human Subjects Research: A Historical Perspective1. Government Standards for Human Experiments: The 1940's and 1950's2. Postwar Professional Standards and Practice for Human Experiments3. Government Standards for Human Experiments: The 1960s and 1970s4. Ethics Standards in RetrospectII. Case Studies5. Experiments with Plutonium, Uranium, and Polonium6. The AEC Program of Radioisotope Distribution7. Nontherapeutic Research on Children8. Total-Body Irradiation: Problems When Research and Treatment Are Intertwined9. Prisoners: A Captive Research Population10. Atomic Veterans: Human Experimentation in Connection with Bomb Tests11. Intentional Releases: Lifting the Veil of Secrecy12. Observational Data Gathering13. Secrecy, Human Radiation Experiments, and Intentional ReleasesIII. Contemporary Projects14. Current Federal Policies Governing Human Subjects Research15. Research Proposal Review Project16. Subject Interview StudyIV. Coming to Terms with the Past, Looking Ahead to the Future17. Findings18. RecommendationsOfficial DocumentsAppendicesIndex

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This book describes, in fascinating detail, a variety of experiments sponsored by the U.S. government in which people were exposed to radiation, often without their knowledge or consent.

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"...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 publicpolicy."--Hastings Center Report