Tuesday, March 01, 2011

But Any Country That Did This to Their Citizens Wouldn't Qualify as The Greatest Nation on Earth!

It would qualify as a fascist state on par with Nazi Germany. Doctor Mengele please come back, all is forgiven.

Stroll on! what a horrific bit of reading. I think I shall keep this short and pass on the pictures, they can be found at the source.

America's shocking secret: Pictures that show how U.S. experimented on its own disabled citizens and prison inmates

Pictures have emerged providing the shocking proof that U.S. government doctors once experimented on disabled American citizens and prison inmates.

Such experiments included giving hepatitis to mental patients in Connecticut, squirting a pandemic flu virus up the noses of prisoners in Maryland, and injecting cancer cells into chronically ill people at a New York hospital.

Much of this horrific history is 40 to 80 years old, but it is the backdrop for a meeting in Washington this week by a presidential bioethics commission.

The meeting was triggered by the government's apology last year for federal doctors infecting prisoners and mental patients in Guatemala with syphilis 65 years ago.

U.S. officials also acknowledged there had been dozens of similar experiments in America - studies that often involved making healthy people sick.

A review by the Associated Press of medical journal reports and decades-old press clippings found more than 40 such studies.

At best, these were a search for lifesaving treatments - at worst, some amounted to curiosity-satisfying experiments that hurt people but provided no useful results.

It echoes the deadly and meritless experiments conducted on Jewish concentration camp detainees at the hands of Nazi doctors.

And it will undoubtedly be compared to the Tuskegee syphilis study, where U.S. health officials tracked 600 black men in Alabama who already had syphilis - but didn't give them adequate treatment even after penicillin became available.

Arthur Caplan, director of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Bioethics, said: 'When you give somebody a disease - even by the standards of their time - you really cross the key ethical norm of the profession.'

Most of the recently revealed studies, from the 1940s to the 1960s, apparently were never covered by news media. Others were reported at the time but the focus was on the promise of enduring new cures, while glossing over how test subjects were treated. more


Anonymous said...

I know a person (whose consent I do not have to identify) who is a native American. About 40 years ago, she entered the hospital (operated by the U.S. Public Health Service) for a minor surgical procedure. When she came out from under the anaesthesia, she learned that she had been given a hysterectomy without her knowledge or consent because she had previously given birth to a child with a mental disability.

I would never trust the Public Health Service again.

Himself said...

Thank you for your comment.

I have read some, though I by no means consider myself a wonk on the subject, but the US has in the past, (still?) partaken of Eugenics on a massive scale.

A quick Google of eugenics+usa soon confirms that little nest of vipers. Example here:


I cannot help but wonder though, if your distrust might be better directed towards your government rather than the Public Health Service?

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Himself said...

Hi Maren, I was going to update the post with a brief report that the BBC was carrying, until that was, BT decided to be BT and give their usual hit and miss service.

So I buggered orf out for the day, but now just in. That's a better link you left, thank you.

I was half way through a shaggy girl story (why I like bonking) when things went down, so watch for that soon.

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Himself said...

I left them a comment, I don't know if they will publish it or not.

I have lost patience with people who can't present something in a readable fashion.

If you are going to present something to be read, I suggest you make it readable.

If this is the best you can do for presentation, I suggest you find a new career.

Grumpy old man.

Himself said...

Seems they weren't too impressed with my comment.

But if you apply a simple acid test.

Would you buy a newspaper where all the text was one solid block, or where all the text was italics?

Of course you wouldn't.

Why shouldn't the same rule apply to an online presentation?

One of the few consolations of getting old I guess, you can indulge yourself in the occasional Victor Meldrew moments.



Victor Meldrew, an English institution.

Himself said...

I left a comment.

Have you never heard of a paragraph or a line break?

You are ruining your own publications.

Get with the program, it's an internet post, not a Jose Saramago novel.


Himself said...

Bugger! I didn't realise it was a previous link, still, do no harm.