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

By: Vicki Oransky Wittenstein

Infants deprived of vitamins; prisoners infected with malaria; pregnant women fed radioactive iron. Medical advancement has not come without human suffering. Critical thinking questions. Source notes. Selected bibliography. Sources for further information. Index. Full-color and black-and-white photographs.

ISBN: 9781467706599

JLG Release: Jan 2014


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Topics: Medical experimentation , Medical history , World War II (1939-1945) , The Cold War , Ethics

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This chilling narrative exposes the history of human medical experimentation, much of which has occurred in the United States. By examining the use of humans as guinea pigs in medical research since the 1700s, Wittenstein explains the evolution of modern regulations, review boards, and organizations focused on ethical treatment of patients and appr This chilling narrative exposes the history of human medical experimentation, much of which has occurred in the United States. By examining the use of humans as guinea pigs in medical research since the 1700s, Wittenstein explains the evolution of modern regulations, review boards, and organizations focused on ethical treatment of patients and approved research procedures. While the exploitation of unsuspecting orphans and pregnant women or intentionally withholding established medical cures from sick patients may seem gruesome, the narrative is successful at presenting both sides of the issue: the patient whose rights are being violated and the doctor intent on furthering science. Of particular note is the discussion of stem-cell research, which brings these historical medical controversies to light in a modern setting. The black-and-white photographs present a human face to these experiments and, if used in the classroom, this title will spark an educated debate. A “Critical Analysis” section presents questions for readers to consider and discuss while sources for additional information list print, media, and websites that will appeal to a wide variety of readers. This title is an important addition to public and school libraries. It will pair well with books on topics ranging from medicine and history to human rights and law.—Meaghan Darling, Plainsboro Public Library, NJ

Book Details

ISBN

9781467706599

First Release

January 2014

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

174.2/8

Trim Size

7" x 9"

Page Count

72

Accelerated Reader

Level 9.5; Points: 5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 11.6; Points: 8;

Lexile

Level 1160L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Library edition

Publisher

Twenty-First Century

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Violence, Drugs, Underage drinking, Teen suicide, Sexual abuse

Topics

Medical experimentation, Medical history, World War II (1939-1945), The Cold War, Ethics,

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