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The plutonium files : America's secret medical experiments in the Cold War

Author: Eileen Welsome
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Dial Press, ©1999.
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"When the vast wartime factories of the Manhattan Project began producing plutonium in quantities never before seen on earth, scientists working on the top secret bomb building program grew apprehensive. Fearful that plutonium might cause a cancer epidemic among workers and desperate to learn more about what it could do to the human body, the Manhattan Project's medical doctors embarked upon an experiment in which
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Welsome, Eileen.
Plutonium files.
New York, N.Y. : Dial Press, ©1999
(OCoLC)607378509
Online version:
Welsome, Eileen.
Plutonium files.
New York, N.Y. : Dial Press, ©1999
(OCoLC)607754020
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Eileen Welsome
ISBN: 0385314027 9780385314022
OCLC Number: 40805423
Description: ix, 580 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: pt. I. The "Product" --
Ch. 1. The acid taste of Plutonium --
Ch. 2. The Rad Lab --
Ch. 3. 1942: the Met Lab --
Ch. 4. A tolerable dose --
Ch. 5. The Manhattan project is launched --
Ch. 6. Plutonium rising --
Ch. 7. Planning the experiment --
Ch. 8. Ebb Cade --
Ch. 9. Next in line: Arthur and Albert --
Ch. 10. Trinity site --
Ch. 11. A "small piece of the sun" --
Ch. 12. The quest continues --
Ch. 13. The Rochester production line --
Ch. 14. A misdiagnosed housewife --
Ch. 15. Chicago: upping the dose --
Ch. 16. Postwar Berkeley: the final injections --
pt. II. Atomic utopia --
Ch. 17. At a Crossroads --
Ch. 18. Comings and goings --
Ch. 19. The AEC and the politics of secrecy --
Ch. 20. Shields Warren: "patriotic enough to lie" --
Ch. 21. "Wrapped in the flag" --
Ch. 22. The Vanderbilt women --
Ch. 23. The Fernald boys --
pt. III. The proving ground --
Ch. 24. Stalin's Labor Day surprise --
Ch. 25. The first GI guinea pigs --
Ch. 26. "Hot particles" --
Ch. 27. Scorched earth maneuvers --
Ch. 28. Citizen volunteers --
Ch. 29. The cloud samplers --
Ch. 30. Dispatch from ground zero --
Ch. 31. The inverted mushroom --
Ch. 32. Body-snatching patriots --
pt. IV. "The Buchenwald touch" --
Ch. 33. "Mice or men?" --
Ch. 34. Houston's "paperclip" doctor --
Ch. 35. Cincinnati's battlefield --
Ch. 36. The chambers of Oak Ridge --
Ch. 37. Captive volunteers: prisoners in Oregon and Washington --
Ch. 38. The plutonium experiment: phase two --
Ch. 39. "Tragic deaths full of pity and sorrow" --
pt. V. The reckoning --
Ch. 40. "We're coming clean" --
Ch. 41. Revelations and tribulations --
Ch. 42. January 1994: the advisory committee on human radiation experiments --
Ch. 43. Harvest of sorrow --
Ch. 44. Closing the book --
Ch. 45. A presidential apology --
Ch. 46. "Never again" --
Ch. 47. Whitewashes, red herrings, and cold cash.
Responsibility: Eileen Welsome.
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"When the vast wartime factories of the Manhattan Project began producing plutonium in quantities never before seen on earth, scientists working on the top secret bomb building program grew apprehensive. Fearful that plutonium might cause a cancer epidemic among workers and desperate to learn more about what it could do to the human body, the Manhattan Project's medical doctors embarked upon an experiment in which eighteen unsuspecting patients in hospital wards throughout the country were secretly injected with the cancer-causing substance. Most of these patients would go to their graves without ever knowing what had been done to them."--Jacket.

"Now, in The Plutonium Files, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Eileen Welsome reveals for the first time the breadth of the extraordinary fifty-year cover-up surrounding the plutonium injections, as well as the deceitful nature of thousands of other experiments conducted on American citizens in the postwar years."--Jacket.

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