Public Disclosure

in Contested Medicine

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780226465319
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226465333 | DOI:
Public Disclosure

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This chapter explores a number of issues of public disclosure, the role of investigative government, and the reactions of institutions and individuals to investigative government's queries. It follows the response in 1971 of the University of Cincinnati administration to sensational reports in the press regarding unethical experimentation that presented Eugene Saenger as a purveyor of mad science. Roger Rapoport's The Great American Bomb Machine was a diatribe against the nuclear warfare industry. Saenger was portrayed by Rapoport as a nuclear zealot. The conclusions of the Suskind report show the lack of consensus and the evident tension between the impulse to judge Saenger's studies and the political remit of the committee. By the fall of 1972, Saenger's total-body irradiation (TBI) program had come to an end, the affair surrounding it remained unresolved.

Keywords: public disclosure; investigative government; University of Cincinnati; Eugene Saenger; Roger Rapoport; The Great American Bomb Machine; nuclear warfare; total-body irradiation

Chapter.  14036 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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