Acres of Skin

Acres of Skin : Human Experiments at Holmesburg Prison

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At a time of increased interest and renewed shock over the Tuskegee syphilis experiments, Acres of Skin sheds light on yet another dark episode of American medical history. In this disturbing expose, Allen M. Hornblum tells the story of Philadelphia's Holmesburg Prison.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 18.8mm | 476g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 16pp printed on 70# natural gloss
  • 0415923360
  • 9780415923361
  • 1,049,497

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"This admirably comprehensive story of the use of prisoners for medical research is embarrassingly painful to read... This encyclopedic, well-documented a fascinating story
-"Journal of the American Medical Association
"Hornblum's book is awesome, revealing the sanctimonious venality of American medicine....Excellent! Highly recommended
"Admirably comprehensive story of the use of prisoners for medical research...Acres of Skin" is the result of exhaustive scholarship...a comprehensive anthology of the use of prisoners for medical experimentation in other U.S. prisons and universities...This encylopedic, "well-documented treatise is a fascinating story...Hornblum has recalled for all of us a history of abominable medical research and has given us all the opportunity to reflect on where we were when they experimented on prisoners and where we will be in the next ethical dilemma in medical"science
-"Journal of the American Medical Association
"A recently released expose has sparked new interest in this controversial chapter of American medical history
-"Village Voice
"A startling new book
-"Philadelphia Tribune
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About Allen M. Hornblum

Allen M. Hornblum teaches Urban Studies at Temple University. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Philadelphia Prison System and as the Chief of Staff of Philadelphia's Sheriff's Office.
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165 ratings
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4 39% (64)
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