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Sentenced to Science: Medical Experimentation on Prisoners

A medical panel in the United States recently recommended that it be made easier to test pharmaceutical drugs on prisoners. To those who survived the harsh medical testing in prison back in the 50's and 60's, this recommendation is a slap in the face.

The story of one of these survivors, Yusef Anthony, is documented in a new book called Sentenced to Science: One Black Man's Story of Imprisonment in America. Author Allen M. Hornblum tells Yusef's story of being subjected to several tests inside Philidelphia's Holmesburg prison in the 1960's, that have left him with life long health problems. Allen also wrote Acres of Skin: Human Experiments at Holmesburg Prison back in 1998. His books have helped bring public attention to this issue.

Stark Raven interviews Allen M. Hornblum about his book and the issue of using prisoners as test subjects. The interview also features voices from survivors of the Holmesburg tests, David Price and Leotus Jones.

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