US apologises for radiation tests on unaware patients

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 14 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:970

A group appointed by President Bill Clinton said last week that the American government should apologise and compensate Americans on whom radiation experiments were performed between 1949 and 1974. The experiments, sponsored by the government, were unethical, the group said, because patients were unaware that they were being exposed to radiation.

The experiments were revealed last year and prompted the energy secretary, Hazel O'Leary, to ask President Clinton to form the president's advisory committee on human radiation experiments. …

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