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I Guess It Makes Sense that the New Gilded Age Would See the Return of Coercive Medical Experiments

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This sure isn’t alarming at all…..

Suppose you wanted to do a study of diet and nutrition, with thousands of participants randomly assigned to follow one meal plan or another for years as their health was monitored?

In the real world, studies like these are nearly impossible. That’s why there remain so many unanswered questions about what’s best for people to eat. And one of the biggest of those mysteries concerns salt and its relationship to health.

But now a group of eminent researchers, including the former head of the Food and Drug Administration, has suggested a way to resolve science’s so-called salt wars. They want to conduct an immense trial of salt intake with incarcerated inmates, whose diets could be tightly controlled.

The researchers, who recently proposed the idea in the journal Hypertension, say they are not only completely serious — they are optimistic it will happen.

Uh…..

Using inmates as study subjects is controversial, to say the least. History is laden with horror stories. In the 1940s, prisoners were deliberately infected with malaria. In the 1950s, inmates were infected with hepatitis. A decade later, scientists irradiated prisoners’ testicles.

“Prisons are an inherently coercive environment,” said Ruth Macklin, an ethicist and professor of epidemiology and population health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

I wonder if we should from those mistakes and maybe not turn prisons into medical testing zones. Naaaahhhh, think of the potential for cool experiments we can conduct! That people of color make up a vastly disproportionate number of prisoners and thus test subjects? Hey, why does everything need to be about race you commie liberal!

In conclusion, STEM students need to be forced to take a whole lot more humanities courses so they can think about the actual impact of their actions upon real life human beings. Of course, that potential is precisely why humanities courses are being deemphasized and humanities departments destroyed.

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