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Dr. Jonas Salk, inventor of polio vaccine, exposed as criminal-minded scientist who conducted illicit medical experiments on mental patients
(NaturalNews) Dr. Jonas Salk, one of the "gods" in the cult of pharmacology -- a man who is credited with inventing the polio vaccine -- has now been exposed as a medical criminal who conducted illegal medical experiments on mental patients. This fact has come to light courtesy of the Associated Press, believe it or not, which has been investigating the history of medical experiments as part of a press effort leading up to scheduled bioethics meetings in Washington.
According to the Associated Press, Dr. Jonas Salk co-authored a clinical trial that "injected experimental flu vaccine in male patients at a state insane asylum in Ypsilanti, Mich., then exposed them to flu several months later." The victims of this medical experiment were described as "senile and debilitated," meaning that obtaining their rational consent to participate in such experiments would have been impossible. And that means Dr. Jonas Salk -- one of the most highly-worshipped figures throughout modern medicine -- was conducting this trial in violation of medical ethics and in violation of the law.
University of Michigan (scUM) implicated as an accomplice in helping this fraud conduct his crimes...Typical....
Exactly, how did this DB get away with this crap!?
The AP review of past research found:
-A federally funded study begun in 1942 injected experimental flu vaccine in male patients at a state insane asylum in Ypsilanti, Mich., then exposed them to flu several months later. It was co-authored by Dr. Jonas Salk, who a decade later would become famous as inventor of the polio vaccine.
I had a professor at MSU who worked with Salk. Total douchebag, probably doesn't deserve as much credit as he gets, but definitely not a fraud.
Also, the concept of medical ethics didn't exist until the 1970s, so these types of studies are very common.
Thats how they did stuff back then. Is it ethical? Nope. Did it help save millions of patients (not just this but all the evil experiments done on people)? Yep. Was it worth it? Yes, but not if you were the poor schlep that had to suffer unwillingly
I need more room for my signature
These types of douche bags and the companies they work for are often considered infallible.
Just more evidence that they're not and often are corrupt and have ulterior motives.
Just another example of a so-called "RESPECTED" company:
Doc Goes To Jail In Pfizer Research Fraud Case
Scott Reuben, who was accused of faking research for a dozen years in published studies that suggested after-surgery benefits from Vioxx and Celebrex, was sentenced to six months in jail plus three years supervised release after he pleaded guilty earlier this year to health care fraud, MassLive reports. The 51-year-old must also repay $361,932 in research grants, forfeit assets worth at least $50,000 and pay a $5,000 fine.
See this post in Wells.
For the little kids who post here you had better get your collective heads out of the sand and realize the academic/research world Salk worked/lived in didn't have the same laws and social mores we have in 2011. The US and the rest of the world has a long history of using prisoners and mentally handicapped individuals for medical testing and in the 20th century it was often with a corporate sponsor or partner.
Salk did his work at the University of Pittsburgh. The early trials were at the D. T. Watson Home for Crippled Children and the Polk School for the Retarded and Feeble-Minded. Obviously the concepts of informed consent and political correctness did not exist. To be fair he had his own family inoculated also. When the field trials started the next year, many mothers were pushing to have their children included. Polio was a very feared disease.
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