Unethical Medical Experiments

I read an article online this morning about unethical medical experiments performed in the 1940s (click here to read article). The article details the willful infection of people in Guatemala with various forms of venereal diseases, then testing various forms of penicillin against them. There were also tests to see what would happen if these infections were introduced into a person’s eyes.

This information, while disturbing, was not surprising to me. I had watched a documentary on television some years back regarding tests where people were given LSD and then observed to see how they would behave.

There is a great book that I read called The Plutonium Files by Eileen Welsome that details medical experiments conducted by the US government during the Cold War. These experiments were designed to test the effects of radioactive plutonium on humans and fetuses. Pregnant women were injected with plutonium and told they were getting vitamins. The women were then monitored to see how the plutonium affected the fetal development.

Not to sound like a conspiracy nut, but I suspect that what we know is really just the tip of the iceberg. I also wonder if these kinds of tests are continuing today. I’d like to think that they are not, but considering that the US recently embraced “enhanced interrogation,” a nice way of saying torture, then secret medical experimentation today would not surprise me.


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