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Plutonium Files America's Secret Medical Experiments in the Cold War

ISBN-10: 0385319541
ISBN-13: 9780385319546
Edition: N/A
Authors: Eileen Welsome
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List price: $16.95
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/10/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 592
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

In a Massachusetts school, seventy-three disabled children were spoon fed radioactive isotopes along with their morning oatmeal....In an upstate New York hospital, an eighteen-year-old woman, believing she was being treated for a pituitary disorder, was injected with plutonium by Manhattan Project doctors....At a Tennessee prenatal clinic, 829 pregnant women were served "vitamin cocktails"--in truth, drinks containing radioactive iron--as part of their prenatal treatmen.... In 1945, the seismic power of atomic energy was already well known to researchers, but the effects of radiation on human beings were not. Fearful that plutonium would cause a cancer epidemic among workers, Manhattan Project doctors embarked on a human experiment that was as chilling as it was closely guarded: the systematic injection of unsuspecting Americans with radioactive plutonium. In this shocking exposé, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Eileen Welsome reveals the unspeakable scientific trials that reduced thousands of American men, women, and even children to nameless specimens with silvery radioactive metal circulating in their veins. Spanning the 1930s to the 1990s, filled with hundreds of newly declassified documents and firsthand interviews, The Plutonium Files traces the behind-the-scenes story of an extraordinary fifty-year cover-up. It illuminates a shadowy chapter in this country's history and gives eloquent voice to the men and women who paid for our atomic energy discoveries with their health--and sometimes their lives.

Eileen Welsome won the Pulitzer Prize, the George Polk Award, the Selden Ring Award, & a dozen other major journalism awards in 1994 for breaking the story of America's secret medical experiments in the Cold War in "The Plutonium Files." A former John S. Knight Fellow, she lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Prologuep. 1
The "Product"
Atomic Utopia
The Proving Ground
"The Buchenwald Touch"
The Reckoning
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Notes
Major Sources Used in Notes
Index
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