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The Resource Acres of skin : human experiments at Holmesburg Prison : a true story of abuse and exploitation in the name of medical science, Allen M. Hornblum

Acres of skin : human experiments at Holmesburg Prison : a true story of abuse and exploitation in the name of medical science, Allen M. Hornblum

Label
Acres of skin : human experiments at Holmesburg Prison : a true story of abuse and exploitation in the name of medical science
Title
Acres of skin
Title remainder
human experiments at Holmesburg Prison : a true story of abuse and exploitation in the name of medical science
Statement of responsibility
Allen M. Hornblum
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
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
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hornblum, Allen M
Dewey number
174/.28
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
R853.H8
LC item number
H67 1998
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 1998 E-612
  • WR 20
NLM item number
H814a 1998
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Holmesburg Prison
  • Human experimentation in medicine
  • Prisoners
  • Convict labor
  • Dermatology
  • Holmesburg Prison
  • Dermatology
  • Human Experimentation
  • Prisons
  • Philadelphia
  • Philadelphia
Label
Acres of skin : human experiments at Holmesburg Prison : a true story of abuse and exploitation in the name of medical science, Allen M. Hornblum
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [271]-284) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The subjects, the doctors, and the experiments. "The money was good and the money was easy." / Inmates recall life and experiments at Holmesburg Prison -- "It was like a farmer seeing a fertile field." / Dr. Albert M. Kilgman enters Holmesburg -- Twentieth-century American penal experimentation. "They're dropping like flies out here." / History of U.S. prisoner experimentation -- Cruel and unusual experiments. "The walls seemed to be breathing." / The Army tests chemical warfare agents
  • "I am not part of the program." / Radioactive isotopes are introduced -- "Danger! This material is extremely toxic." / The dioxin experiments -- The end of experimentation at Holmesburg. "Where are we going to do these things now?" / The slow demise of inmate experimentation -- "Retin-A's birthplace was at Holmesburg Prison." / The discovery of Retin-A -- "A conspiracy of silence." / Conclusion
Control code
37884781
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxii, 297 pages, 16 unnumbered pages plates
Isbn
9780415919906
Lccn
97041755
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)37884781
Label
Acres of skin : human experiments at Holmesburg Prison : a true story of abuse and exploitation in the name of medical science, Allen M. Hornblum
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [271]-284) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The subjects, the doctors, and the experiments. "The money was good and the money was easy." / Inmates recall life and experiments at Holmesburg Prison -- "It was like a farmer seeing a fertile field." / Dr. Albert M. Kilgman enters Holmesburg -- Twentieth-century American penal experimentation. "They're dropping like flies out here." / History of U.S. prisoner experimentation -- Cruel and unusual experiments. "The walls seemed to be breathing." / The Army tests chemical warfare agents
  • "I am not part of the program." / Radioactive isotopes are introduced -- "Danger! This material is extremely toxic." / The dioxin experiments -- The end of experimentation at Holmesburg. "Where are we going to do these things now?" / The slow demise of inmate experimentation -- "Retin-A's birthplace was at Holmesburg Prison." / The discovery of Retin-A -- "A conspiracy of silence." / Conclusion
Control code
37884781
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxii, 297 pages, 16 unnumbered pages plates
Isbn
9780415919906
Lccn
97041755
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)37884781

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