Elephants on Acid: And Other Bizarre Experiments

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Harcourt, 2007 - Reference - 290 pages
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When Tusko the Elephant woke in his pen at the Lincoln Park Zoo on the morning of August 3, 1962, little did he know that he was about to become the test subject in an experiment to determine what happens to an elephant given a massive dose of LSD. In Elephants on Acid, Alex Boese reveals to readers the results of not only this scientific trial but of scores of other outrageous, amusing, and provocative experiments found in the files of modern science.

Why can't people tickle themselves? Would the average dog summon help in an emergency? Will babies instinctually pick a well-balanced diet? Is it possible to restore life to the dead? Read Elephants on Acid and find out!

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User Review  - martensgirl - LibraryThing

I found this book a fairly easy read, good for dipping into and interesting. Clearly, today's ethics committees would have prevented many of these experiments from happening; I can't help thinking that the author trivializes just how distasteful some of these experiments were. Read full review

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User Review  - Goodreads

Mediocre. The vast majority of these experiments hardly qualify as bizarre and it seems clear there was some legitimate aim in most of them. At best, they are a little odd. The book will also bore ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

Recognized as a hoaxpert by CNN and the New York Times, among others, ALEX BOESE holds a master's degree in the history of science from the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of The Museum of Hoaxes and the creator and curator of www.museumofhoaxes.com.

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