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Author Hornblum, Allen M.

Title Acres of skin : human experiments at Holmesburg Prison : a story of abuse and exploitation in the name of medical science / Allen M. Hornblum
Published New York : Routledge, 1998


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Description xxii, 297 pages, <16> pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents pt. 1. The subjects, the doctors and the experiments -- pt. 2. Twentieth-century American Penal Experimentation -- pt. 3. Cruel adn unusual experiments -- pt. 4. The end of experimentation at Holmesburg
Summary In this expose, Allen M. Hornblum tells the story of Philadelphia's Holmesburg Prison. From the early 1950s through the mid-1970s, Holmesburg's inmates were used, in exchange for a few dollars, as guinea pigs in a host of medical experiments. Based on in-depth interviews with dozens of prisoners as well as the doctors and prison officials who, respectively, performed and permitted these experimental tests, Hornblum paints a disturbing portrait of abuse, moral indifference, and greed. Central to this account are the millions of dollars many of America's leading drug and consumer goods companies made available for the eager doctors seeking fame and fortune through their medical experiments. Many of these doctors established their illustrious careers on the backs of the inmates who served as the ideal test subjects - isolated, cheap, and locked behind bars
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [271]-284) and index
Subject Holmesburg Prison.
Convict labor -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia.
Dermatology -- Research -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia.
Human experimentation in medicine -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia.
Prisoners -- Medical care -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia.
LC no. 97041755 98043691
ISBN 0415919908 (alk. paper)