By Gerald Kutcher
Within the 1960s University of Cincinnati radiologist Eugene Saenger infamously carried out human experiments on sufferers with complex melanoma to check how overall physique radiation may perhaps deal with the ailment. yet, below agreement with the dept of protection, Saenger extensively utilized those self same sufferers as proxies for infantrymen to reply to questions on wrestle effectiveness on a nuclear battlefield. utilizing the Saenger case as a method to re-evaluate chilly struggle scientific trials, Contested medication examines the inherent tensions on the center of scientific experiences of the time. Emphasizing the deeply intertwined and at the same time supportive dating among melanoma treatment with radiation and armed forces medication, Gerald Kutcher explores post–World struggle II melanoma trials, the efforts of the govt to control medical ethics, and the $64000 position of army investigations within the improvement of an efficient remedy for adolescence leukemia. while so much histories of human experimentation pass judgement on examine akin to Saenger’s opposed to idealized practices, Contested drugs eschews such an process and considers why Saenger’s friends and later critics had rather a lot trouble achieving an unambiguous moral overview. Kutcher’s enticing research deals an method of scientific ethics and study imperatives that lays naked a few of the conflicts and tensions of the postwar interval.