Now in paperback, this critically acclaimed, groundbreaking book tells of the secret radiation experiments performed over five decades by United States government doctors on unsuspecting patients. "[Welsome] brings to life, and recreates the settings, dialogue and events that ruined the health of countless trusting Americans".--"The San Diego ...
Now in paperback, this critically acclaimed, groundbreaking book tells of the secret radiation experiments performed over five decades by United States government doctors on unsuspecting patients. "[Welsome] brings to life, and recreates the settings, dialogue and events that ruined the health of countless trusting Americans".--"The San Diego Union Tribune".
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Publishers Weekly, 1999-08-02 In a deeply shocking and important expos?, Welsome takes the lid off the thousands of secret, government-sponsored radiation experiments performed on unsuspecting human "guinea pigs" at U.S. hospitals, universities and military bases during the Cold War. This riveting report greatly expands on Welsome's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1994 articles in the Albuquerque Tribune, which told how 18 men, women and children scattered in hospital wards across the country were injected with plutonium by U.S. Army and Manhattan Project doctors between 1945 and 1947. As Welsome demonstrates, the scope of the government's radiation experimentation program went much further. She documents how, between 1951 and 1962, the army, navy and air force used military troops in flights through radioactive clouds, "flashblindness" studies and tests to measure radio-isotopes in their body fluids. Additionally, she reveals that cancer patients were subjected to total-body irradiation, and women, children, the poor, minorities, prisoners and the mentally disabled were targeted for radio-isotope "tracer" studies, frequently without their consent and in some cases suffering excruciating side effects and premature deaths. In 1993, Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary launched a campaign to make public all documents relating to the experiments, which had been kept secret. Welsome cogently argues that O'Leary's efforts resulted in a Republican vendetta that led to her ouster. Written with commendable restraint, this engrossing narrative draws liberally on declassified memos, briefings, phone calls, interviews and medical records to convey the enormity of the irradiation program and the bad science behind the flawed and dangerous testsÄand to document the government's systematic cover-up. Anyone who cares about America's history, moral health and future should read this book. 8-city author tour. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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