Who Goes First?: The Story of Self-Experimentation in Medicine

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University of California Press, May 12, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 430 pages
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Lawrence Altman has authored the only complete history of the controversial and understudied practice of self-experimentation. In telling the stories of pioneering researchers, Altman offers a history of many of the most important medical advancements in recent years as well as centuries past—from anesthesia to yellow fever to heart disease. With a new preface, he brings readers up to date and continues his discussion of the ethics and controversy that continue to surround a practice that benefits millions but is understood by few.
 

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Who goes first?: the story of self-experimentation in medicine

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The ethical implications of self-experimentation are not the focus of this fascinating book. Yet the subject arises frequently as Altman explores developments in a variety of medical disciplines such ... Read full review

Contents

PROLOGUE
1
AN overview
14
DONT TOUCH THE HEART
38
THE PERILOUS ROUTE TO PAINLESS
53
THE CASE OF THE QUEASY CHEMISTS
86
THE PASTEURIAN CLUB
106
THE MYTH OF WALTER REED
129
TAMING THE GREATEST KILLERS
159
FUNGIINFECTING AND HALLUCINATING
200
LIFETIMES OF SELFEXPERIMENTING
214
DIETARY DEPRIVATIONS
240
THE RED CELL RIDDLE
256
BLACK AND BLUE AT THE FLICK OF
273
CAN CER CAN YOU GIVE IT
283
CHOOSING THE RIGHT ANIMAL
298
N O T E S
317

TOXIC SHOCKS
179

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About the author (1998)

Lawrence K. Altman, M.D., is medical correspondent of the New York Times and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at New York University Medical School.

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