For the Good of Mankind? The Shameful History of Human Medical Experimentation


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Lerner August 2013
Science Curriculum

We've all heard of guinea pig scientists...the brave ones who boldly experimented on themselves to further medicine. But there is a dark side to everything. human experimentation has been going on long before Simeon Shaw in 1946.  Slaves, children in orphanages, those who were mentally handicapped, and prisoner...There have been cases where this type of medical butchery has surfaced and created a maelstrom of outrage and recompense.  The most infamous ones were those done during the Holocaust by the notorious and odious Josef Mengele.  But there are many others including a practice of human medical experimentation in the United States.  We may think that this type of abuse can't possibly go on in the modern world, but it still does.Wittenstein writes a powerful and in-depth look at the subject of human experimentation from the past to the present.  She leaves no doubt about the horrors and scars they have left behind and writes about real life accounts that are occurring now.  The bottom line may not always be about advancing science so much as advancing ego or from financial gain.


96 pages   978-1467706599  Ages 13 and up

Recommended by:  Naomi Bates, Librarian, Texas USA

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