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Contested Medicine: Cancer Research and the Military

Gerald Kutcher


In the 1960s, University of Cincinnati radiologist Eugene Saenger infamously conducted human experiments on patients with advanced cancer to examine how total body radiation could treat the disease. But, under contract with the Department of Defense, Saenger also used those same patients as proxies for soldiers to answer questions about combat effectiveness on a nuclear battlefield. Using the Saenger case as a means to reconsider Cold War medical trials, this book examines the inherent tensions at the heart of clinical studies of the time. Emphasizing the deeply intertwined and mutually suppor ... More

Keywords: Eugene Saenger, radiation, cancer research, cancer trials, military medicine, clinical ethics, childhood leukemia, cancer therapy, Department of Defense, human experiments

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226465319
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226465333.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gerald Kutcher, author

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