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Lectures in History: U.S. Cold War Human Radiation Experiments

Energy Department photo showing radiation test subject

Energy Department photo showing radiation test subject

Ann Arbor, Michigan
Saturday, July 5, 2014

University of Michigan history professor Joel Howell teaches a class on human radiation experiments conducted by the Defense Department from the end of World War II through the Cold War. Professor Howell describes tests – ranging from plutonium injections to full body radiation exposure -- and their subjects, including cancer patients, prisoners and children, many of whom did not give consent nor understand the associated risks.

Updated: Monday, July 7, 2014 at 10:21am (ET)

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