The public health and social justice website’s open-access Powerpoint presentation on Human Subject Experimentation in the 20th Century has been recently updated. Available at http://phsj.org/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/human-subject-experimentation-nazis-present7.ppt, it covers inhumane medical “experiments” conducted by Nazi and Japanese scientists during World War II, unethical studies carried out by U.S. scientists during the following decades (including the Willowbrook Hepatitis experiment), and contemporary examples of unethical research (e.g., placebo-controlled trials of anti-HIV medications in sub-Saharan Africa).
Also noted are examples of doctors gone bad, including Ayman Al-Zawahiri (leader of Al Qaeda), Ikuo Hayashi (former chief of circulatory medicine at a leading Japanese hospital, who pleaded guilty to planting sarin gas in the Tokyo subway system), Radovan Karadzic (psychiatrist, on trial for war crimes against Bosnian Croats and Muslims), and Bashir Assad (ophthalmologist and current President of Syria, responsible for the ongoing slaughter of innocent civilians).
The Human Subject Experimentation page at http://phsj.org/human-subject-experimentation/ also contains a slide show and articles by Dr. Steve Miles covering human rights abuses of the “War on Terror;” screening, assessment, and referral of torture survivors; the role of physicians caring for those on hunger strikes; and efforts to punish physicians who torture.
Links to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the U.S. Military Medicine in War on Terror Prisons Database are provided.
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