Acres of Skin: Human Experiments at Holmesburg Prison : a Story of Abuse and Exploitation in the Name of Medical Science

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Psychology Press, 1998 - Medical - 297 pages
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At a time of increased interest and renewed shock over the Tuskegee syphilis experiments, Acres of Skin sheds light on yet another dark episode of American medical history. In this disturbing expose, Allen M. Hornblum tells the story of Philadelphia's Holmesburg Prison.
 

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Relying on prisoners' firsthand reports, Hornblum (urban studies, Temple Univ.) has written a thorough account of the questionable medical experimentation carried out in Philadelphia's Holmesburg ... Read full review

Contents

The Money Was Good and the Money Was Easy Inmates recall life and experiments at Holmesburg Prison
3
It Was Like a Farmer Seeing a Fertile Field Dr Albert M Kligman enters Holmesburg
29
Theyre Dropping Like Flies Out Here History of US prisoner experimentation
75
The Walls Seemed To Be Breathing The Army tests chemical warfare agents
119
I Am Not Part of the Program Radioactive isotopes are introduces
149
Danger This Material Is Extremely Toxic
163
Where Are We Going To Do These Things Now? The slow demise of inmate experimentation
187
RetinAs Birthplace Was at Holmesburg Prison The discovery of RetinA
211
A Conspiracy of Silence Conclusion
233
Acknowledgments
245
Notes
247
Bibliography
271
Index
285
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About the author (1998)

Allen M. Hornblum teaches Urban Studies at Temple University. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Philadelphia Prison System and as the Chief of Staff of Philadelphia's Sheriff's Office.

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