Against Their Will by Allen M. Hornblum
The Secret History of Medical Experimentation on Children in Cold War America

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 2 Critic Reviews

In this horrifying and painstakingly documented history, Hornblum...Newman, and medical writer Dober examine the stories of victims of poorly regulated medical experimentation in America in the 1950s and ‘60s...
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

During the Cold War, an alliance between American scientists, pharmaceutical companies, and the US military pushed the medical establishment into ethically fraught territory. Doctors and scientists at prestigious institutions were pressured to produce medical advances to compete with the perceived threats coming from the Soviet Union. In Against Their Will, authors Allen Hornblum, Judith Newman, and Gregory Dober reveal the little-known history of unethical and dangerous medical experimentation on children in the United States. Through rare interviews and the personal correspondence of renowned medical investigators, they document how children—both normal and those termed "feebleminded"—from infants to teenagers, became human research subjects in terrifying experiments. They were drafted as "volunteers" to test vaccines, doused with ringworm, subjected to electric shock, and given lobotomies. They were also fed radioactive isotopes and exposed to chemical warfare agents. This groundbreaking book shows how institutional superintendents influenced by eugenics often turned these children over to scientific researchers without a second thought. Based on years of archival work and numerous interviews with both scientific researchers and former test subjects, this is a fascinating and disturbing look at the dark underbelly of American medical history.
 

About Allen M. Hornblum

See more books from this Author
Allen M. Hornblum is the author of five books, including Acres of Skin and Sentenced to Science. His work has been featured on CBS Evening News, Good Morning America, NPR’s Fresh Air, BBC World Service, and The New York Times. He lives in Philadelphia, PA. Judith Lynn Newman is an associate professor of Human Development at Penn State University (Abington).  Gregory J. Dober writes on medical issues for organizational newsletters such as Prison Legal News. 
 
Published June 25, 2013 by St. Martin's Press. 284 pages
Genres: History, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for Against Their Will
All: 2 | Positive: 2 | Negative: 0

Publishers Weekly

Good
on Apr 22 2013

In this horrifying and painstakingly documented history, Hornblum...Newman, and medical writer Dober examine the stories of victims of poorly regulated medical experimentation in America in the 1950s and ‘60s...

Read Full Review of Against Their Will: The Secre... | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly

Kirkus

Good
on May 05 2013

A somewhat overwritten eye-opener about medical advances achieved on the backs of society’s weakest members.

Read Full Review of Against Their Will: The Secre... | See more reviews from Kirkus

Reader Rating for Against Their Will
80%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 19 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×