Undue Risk: Secret State Experiments on Humans

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Psychology Press, 2001 - History - 371 pages
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Undue Risk is an unprecedented and chilling history of the use of human subjects in atomic, biological, and chemical warfare experiments by the U.S. government from World War II to the present. Jonathan Moreno, a senior researcher on the president's special commission, goes where few researchers have gone before, exploring secret government documents which reveal a plethora of government experiments. He exposes startling details of experiments like those involving the exposure of soldiers to atomic blast fallout and secret LSD and mescaline experiments. From the courtrooms of Nuremberg to the battlefields of the Gulf War, Undue Risk exposes a variety of government policies and specific cases, including plutonium injections to unwilling hospital patients, and even the attempted recruitment of Nazi medical scientists by the U.S. government after World War II. New to the paperback edition, this exciting read covers recent objections by U.S. military personnel to required anthrax vaccinations and new developments in government policies on experiments involving vulnerable human subjects.
  

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A very detailed history of the civil Soviet nuclear program, with only few references to the military one. All the scientists, engieneers and politicians involved in the program are presented, with ... Read full review

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Spooky but utterly convincing. A bit scholarly at times, a tone of moral outrage would have been nice as the author details some pretty horrific crimes against humanity. But the cases cited, the ... Read full review

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Jonathan D. Moreno is former senior staff member of President Clinton's Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments, is Kornfeld Professor of Biomedical Ethics and Director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics at the University of Virginia. He is also Senior Research Fellow at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University and has been a bioethics columnist for abcnews.com. Among his previous books are Deciding Together: Bioethics and Moral Consensus (1995), Ethics in Clinical Practice (1999), and Arguing Euthanasia (1995).

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