Skloot’s purpose of telling Lack’s story does not come without the terrifying discovery of human experimentation. Researchers claim their experiments are for the greater good, but when they walk on a thin line, they will inevitably trample on both sides. According to the School of Law at Northwestern University, people who “violate bodily integrity and autonomy are routinely punished,” and yet scientist will escape unethical situations will only a slap on the wrist (99:1). Uncovering facts of Henrietta’s immortal life, Skloot indirectly poses the argument of medical malpractice. The medical experiments conducted during the nineteen forties and fifties were very controversial.
The doctors that entered Holmesburg prison viewed the prisoners as a “fertile field” of investigatory opportunity. Albert Kligman referred to them as “Acres of Skin”. Dr. Kligman’s research programs were established to investigate diseases and train residents in dermatology at the University of Pennyslvania, but in time, it strayed from it’s mission and began disregarding protocol and violating
The only physicians the author interviews in his book involve the topic of genetic doping. How could you write a book on steroids and not interview Harrison Pope, M.D. from Harvard, the leading expert on anabolic steroids? Jendrick dismisses the medical consequences of steroid use, blaming the media for sensationalizing and spreading misinformation about steroids. While I agree that the media uses scare tactics to alarm the public and grab more ratings, his claim that 99% of testicular shrinkage returns to previous size after discontinuation of steroids is more irresponsible.
In the Abu Ghraib prison scandal of 2004, Iraqi prisoners were interrogated where accounts of psychololgical, physical and sexual abuse, including torture, rape and homicide. This “form” of interrogation was practiced my U.S. military police at the prison. Although the solders are responsible for there actions they where under strict orders that went against the Geneva convention conduct of war. When the scandal surfaced the U.S. government denied all knowledge and participation and blamed the solders. After comparing the Abu Ghraib schandle and the Milgram experiment its easy to see that the government had a big roll in influencing soilders.
Americans know “racial profiling is both morally wrong and ineffective”, but they rather be safe than sorry (Chavez 563). Americans only get the idea that all middle easterners are terrorists because media has taken the role of portraying them in such a way to plants terror in Americans (Spurlock). People have gotten to the point of people being “singled out” because of looking certain way or because people around them feel uncomfortable (Chavez 569).
To some the experiment seemed like a complete failure but in reality Zimbardo proved his point within six days of his experiment. Zimbardo’s article maybe seems to be about how good people do bad things, but it’s really about situational power and how too much power can be abused. I agree with Zimbardo’s argument because there has been many cases were power has been abused, but I feel like he could of used a better example such as, Adolf Hitler. Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust seem like the perfect example of situational power and power being abused. The Holocaust was segregation and extermination of the Jews.
In the 1900, a small group of American doctors did unethical experiments on prisoners in the Philippines. Five prisoners were chosen to infect with the bubonic plague. They also infected another group of twenty nine prisoners with beriberi. These experiments were just as unethical as any other experimentation done on human beings. These prisoners were imprisoned targets for the American doctors who chose to use them as lab rats.
Despite his early denial about being involved in talks with the Indonesian President, previously unreleased documents from the National Security Archives also point to Kissinger and President Ford’s promotion of the invasion. The invasion led to the deaths of nearly 200,000 Timorese and increased the criticism against Kissinger at a time when he was already receiving negative remarks from adversaries. It also must be noted that Indonesia was making use of United States military equipment that congress had approved for self-defense only (Evans, Burr). So not only was the invasion supposedly approved by President Ford and Henry Kissinger, but it also gave way to the illegal use of US military
This caused much controversy as Americans would classify him as a traitor or hero for what he did. Americans called him a hero because they feel like they should have some type of privacy and security when it comes to their private documents and what they do over the internet as well as in their free time. Other Americans feel like he is a traitor because he revealed documents that were classified and did not have permission from the National Security Agency to leak them to the public. I classify Edward Snowden as a hero. The National Security Agency (abbreviated NSA) is the creator and manager of the signals intelligence agency of the United States of America who’s responsibility it is to check and analyze all foreign communications.
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