The BMJ's Nuremberg issueBMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7087.1128 (Published 12 April 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1128
Force of moral duty was greater for conscientious objectors
- G J Addis, Consultant physiciana
- a 49 Whittingehame Court, Glasgow G12 0BQ
- b Royal College of Physicians, London NW1 4LE
Editor—John Pemberton's letter giving the details of the experiments in Sheffield on conscientious objectors during the second world war has the subtitle “Nobody died during experiments on vitamin C and vitamin A intakes in Sheffield.”1 This implies that the risks were less and that in that way the courage of the subjects was diminished. The letter is factual and cannot deal with the ideas of those concerned.
I was brought up in the Plymouth Brethren and agonised with my friends and contemporaries over the morality of …