Secret Science: A Century of Poison Warfare and Human Experiments (Hardback)Ulf Schmidt (author)
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 672
Weight: 1106 g
Dimensions: 239 x 162 x 41 mm
This massive piece of research, though far from easy or pleasant reading, fills and important gap. Whether we agree with it or not, at least we know what has been going on. * Daily Mail, Peter Lewis *
If you've ever wondered what really went on behind the barbed wire fences and guarded doors in labs like [Porton Down], Secret Science provides as thoroughly researched and comprehensive an account as you are likely to get. * New Scientist, Linda Geddes *
This monumental history of twentieth-century military medical ethics is a meticulous record of ambiguity. * Nature, 10/07/2015 *
Drawing on unprecedented access to surviving records, Secret Science is an important and groundbreaking work by an author suited perfectly to tackling the topic. Schmidt is a specialist in the history of medical ethics and modern warfare-in 2004, he was an expert witness in the inquest that finally revealed the details of Ronald Maddison's death-and knows very well that a historian's priorities are to improve knowledge and understanding and not to dish out blame. * Roderick Bailey, Lancet *
compelling both as an enlightening account of shocking human experiments that have taken place over the last century and as an important contribution to literature on the history of medical ethics and the culture, networks and politics of military research in general. * Alex Mankoo, British Journal for the History of Science *
Schmidt's book is a welcome addition to the literature and represents a view of chemical warfare that is focused on the medical and political side rather than the military aspects of the weapons. * Andrew Ede, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences *
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