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Hornblum, Allen M. ACRES OF SKIN: Human Experiments at Holmsburg Prison: A Story of Abuse and Exploitation in the Name of Medical Science. New York & London: Routledge, (1998.)


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1st trade paperback printing. An expose of Philadelphia's Holmesburg Prison and the US prison system in general. From the early 1950s through the mid-1970s, Holmesburg's inmates - mostly black - were used as guinea pigs in numerous 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, this book reveals an almost incredible level of abuse, moral indifference, and greed. America's leading drug and consumer goods companies made millions of dollars available for these experiments, and many of these doctors involved established their careers literally on the backs of the inmates. Photographs, notes, bibliography, index. 297 pp Near fine (prev owner's name inside front cover.) .ISBN # 0-965-696936 

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