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HUMAN EXPERIMENTS

Harold O. Closson, M.D.
JAMA. 1955;157(3):268. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950200066025.
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To the Editor:—  I am referring to the letter of Dr. John O. Nestor in the Nov. 13, 1954, issue of The Journal, page 1104, in which he expresses regret that documents covering medical experiments by Nazi physicians on prisoners of war are not more generally used. He states, "These documents contained extremely valuable data in certain fields of science in which the Germans were more advanced than we, especially hypothermia." In the experiments referred to, prisoners in the Dachau prison camps were placed naked in tanks of nearly freezing water. The reactions of these prisoners as they died of hypothermia were then noted. I question seriously whether it is right for us to use any information obtained under such circumstances. Using such data and referring to such acts as experiments could be an implication of approval, whereas only strong condemnation is justified. Then, too, one wonders if data obtained

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