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“Deadly Experiments”

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 15 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:192
  1. D C Evered
  1. Second secretary Medical Research Council, London W1N 4AL

    UK's programme was open and ethical

    EDITOR,--The Channel 4 television programme True Stories, entitled “Deadly Experiments,” which was transmitted on 6 July, was highly alarming and in many instances seriously misleading.1 The programme referred to indefensible and unethical experiments involving the administration of plutonium to hospital patients in the United States as an adjunct to the Manhattan project. The programme subsequently claimed that similar “radiation experiments” were carried out in secret in the United Kingdom, without the consent of the participants. The facts, however, are these.

    Firstly, the studies in …

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