The history of medical science owes relevant innovation to experimentations, mostly on animals. In films we have seen mad scientists experimenting on humans that go wrong with disastrous aftermaths until the hero saves the world. However, there have been such instances in real life when scientists performed some of the horrific experiments on humans. Prisoners were the first choice during 1940s and 50s. These scientists were medical maniacs. For instance, in a particular case, doctor went on to limit of undertaking experiments on infants and small children without any sort of consent from anyone.
Guatemala Syphilis Experiment
In 1940, a team of medical maniacs of Johns Hopkins University lead by Dr. John C. Culter, in a attempt to study Sexuality Transmitted Diseases, went to Guatemala and intentionally infected about 1,300 Guatemalan soldiers with gonorrhea, syphilis, and oter STDs. The infections spread to about 6,000 people within no time. About 700 of these infected people could receive medical treatment and at least 83 were dead by 1953. The facts about experimentation were exposed in 2010 after which the U.S. government had issued an apology to Guatemala people.
Testicle Radiation Experiment on Prisoners
In 1963, to study the effects of radiation on workers at nuclear sites or astronauts, the people in charge of sciencing America’s space race and nuclear power plants offered $25 to about 130 prisoners, who were told their testicles would be exposed to nothing more than common x-rays. However, in reality, they blasted them with about six times higher radiations. Majority of prisoners reported development of cancer in testicles with other complexities. NASA wasn’t unaware of it, but still didn’t object.
Spinal Tap Surgery on Kids
In 1896, Arthur Howard Wntworth, a Boston-based pediatrician and a graduate of the Harvard Medical School, while serving at the Children’s Hospital in Boston conducted a research for which he chose children, because they were easily available. His performed 45 lumbar punctures of infants and children. His fist case was little girl suffering from tubercular meningitis. He used to withdraw spinal fluid from children of various age through a very painful procedure. He later released his findings and established that lumber punctures, though temporarily painful, were harmless. He was criticized by Philadelphia physician John Robers, who proved his experimentation as ridiculous and dubbed it “human vivisection”. Wentworth was later compelled to resign for experiment he carried on children without the consent of their parents.
Synthetic Blood Transfusion at Northfiled Labs
Northfield Laboratories created an experimental blood in 2006. To test this synthetic blood, hundreds of trauma patients were given doses without their knowledge. About 13 percent of 349 patients who were given this blood couldn’t survive. It was one of the biggest experiment disasters in the medical history. The blood samples were rejected by United States, and in 2009, the company had filed for bankruptcy protection to liquidate its assets.
Experiments on Homesbur Prisoners
A book titled ‘Acres of Skin: Human Experiment at Homesburg Prison’, written in 1998 by Allen Hronblum, is based on illegal and painful medical experiments that were carried by a dermatologist Albert Klingman during 1950s and 60s. The experimentation was carried out for testing products like toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, skin creams, detergents, liquid diets, eye drops, foot powders etc. The experiments were followed by painful autopsy and socking means to study the effects. When exposed, the doctor Klingman attracted massive criticism.