Ana Alcayaga-DavisElsie WilburnEnglish 1009 May 2014Human Experimentation“The voluntary consent of the human subjects is absolutely essential. This means that the person involved should have legal capacity to give consent; should be so situated as to be able to exercise free power of choice,... and should have sufficient knowledge and comprehension of theelements of the subject of matter involved as to enable him to make an understanding and enlightened decision”. This is the first line of the Nuremberg code as outlined in Acres of Skin, by Allen M. Hornblum. The code was created to give human beings rights when it came to the medical field experimenting on us. Sadly, most experiments were done on humans that could not protect themselves as well as other humans,i.e, children, prisoners, and the mentally impaired; but they were also conducted on volunteers. Mike Stobbe from NBC news covers informationon the experimentations done on prisoners in American prisoners and disabled people in the pastdecades; Howard M. Spiro writes a letter confronting a clinical practice of their unethical human experimentation; and as mentioned above, Allen M. Hornblum wrote a book describing his experience observing prisoners in Holmesburg prison having to endure experiments. Rebecca Skloot’s book “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” highlights one of the most distinguished discoveries in medical history: the revelation of the HeLa cells. And “A History of US Secret Human Experiments” outlines every unethical human experiment ever noted by the government. But all of these tests, all done in the United States of America within the last fifty years, took advantage of someone or something.
Many scientists found it necessary to conduct research on human beings because it wouldgive them more straightforward answers on what we can withstand. We do not have the same anatomy as a rat or a monkey, foresay, so the research is not completely accurate. Testing on humans gives scientists answers to how tolerable the human race is.In America there has been too many unethical experimentation being done on humans. It seemed to be a trend for doctors to give other human diseases intentionally about sixty years ago.