Policy & Law

Government as Doctor

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U.S. government doctors once thought it was fine to experiment on disabled people 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. [In the] well-known Tuskegee syphilis study […] U.S.

U.S. government doctors once thought it was fine to experiment on disabled people 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. [In the] well-known Tuskegee syphilis study […] 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 … An exhaustive review by The Associated Press of medical journal reports and decades-old press clippings found more than 40 such studies.

Full article on the horrors of past government medical research.

   

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