US admits radiation experiments on 20 000 veteransBMJ 1997; 315 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7108.563i (Published 06 September 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:563
- Deborah Josefson
- San Francisco
The United States department of defence has revealed that as many as 20 000 service veterans and their family members are at risk of radiation induced illnesses stemming from experimental treatments they received from the 1940s to the 1960s.
The new revelations are the latest chapter in a lengthy report to Congress authorised by President Bill Clinton on human radiation experiments sponsored by the US government from 1944 to 1994. Many of the experiments were performed without the patients' consent, while others, though …