Human Radiation Experiments

Resources on Experiments Performed by the Atomic Energy Commission and the Department of Defense:  An excellent resource for internet links to information on all aspects of human radiation experimentation. Overview site.

DOE "Openess" Site:Gateway site which includes the following links

RoadMap:Description of the Site, including a table of contents (Roadmap), list of experiments, sites, index of some photos, links to various reports
HREX Archives:Search the government archives, useful for material on other covert projects and personnel
Multimedia Archives:  Particularly useful are the photographs taken to document the experiments
Federal Resource Links: Links to numerous federal agencies

 NON THERAPUTIC studies on children:

Non therapeutic Research On Children:  ACHRE document on experimentation on children
The Vanderbilt Study: Vanderbilt University in the 1940s, approximately 829 poor, pregnant Caucasian women were administered tracer doses of radioactive iron. Vanderbilt worked
with the Tennessee State Department of Health, and the research was partly funded by the Public Health Service. (bottom of page)
Other site:This research was supported by the Nutrition Foundation,Inc., the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Tennessee State Department of Health. The follow­up study on the children born to these women found one case of leukemia and two cases of sarcoma. There were no malignancies in the control population. The three cases are statistically significant. 
Nasopharyngeal Irradiation:  Implantion of radioactive sources for tonsils or ear infections. Apparently not all sites of experimentation are listed as anectodal evidence supplies more clinic, hospitals and doctors. (at bottom of page)
The Fernald SchoolRadioactive tracer studies on institutionalized children
OT-19. Radioisotope Studies at the Fernald State School, Massachusetts 

Other Experiments
OT-2. The Use of Iodine-131BLabeled Human Serum Albumin to Evaluate the Peripheral Circulation-1952 at Case Western Reserve University-"young subjects"

OT-3. Use of Iodine-131BLabeled Protein in the Study of Protein Digestion and Absorption in Children With and Without Cystic Fibrosis of the Pancreas -1952 at Case Western Reserve University 
OT-7. Uptake of Iodine-131 in Normal Newborn Infants in Iowa City -1963, the University of Iowa, Iowa City
OT-8. Uptake of Iodine-131 in Normal Newborn Infants in Nebraska-1960-VA Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska, and the Department of Radiology, University of Nebraska, College of Medicine
OT-9. Uptake of Iodine-131 in Normal Newborn Infants in Memphis-1952 to 1954-University of Tennessee and John Gaston Hospital
OT-13. Blood Volume Measurements Using Stable Chromium-50 and Radioactive Chromium-51,1969 to1972, newborn infants.
OT-20. Uptake of Iodine-131 by Premature Infants in Detroit, 1954, the Pediatric Division. Radioisotope Laboratory of Harper Hospital, Detroit, Michigan
OT-23. Thyroid Uptake and Urinary Excretion of Iodine-131 in Assessing Thyroid Function-1950s, Pediatric Department, University of Arkansas School of Medicine in Little Rock
OT-25. Study of Iodine-131-Thyroxine Metabolism in
 Adolescent and Adult Human Subjects 1961 to 1964 University of Arkansas Medical Center in Little Rock
OT-27. Thyroid Hormone Secretion Studies Using Iodine-131 1963 TO 1964, University of Arkansas Medical Center, Little Rock, youngest 10yrs.
OT-28. Brain Scanning Studies Using Potassium-42,1940s,  Neurosurgical and Surgical Services and Laboratories of Harvard Medical School, Children's Hospital, and Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, some as young as 3mos.
OT-30. Serum Level of Protein Bound Iodine-131 in the
Diagnosis of Hyperthyroidism 1940s, Medical Research
Laboratories, Beth Israel Hospital, and the Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston
OT-53. Effect of Phytate on the Absorption of Iron-59 and
Iron-55,1946, Departments of Food Technology and Physics of MIT and Fernald State School in Waverly, Massachusetts. 
OT-57. Red Blood-Cell Volumes and Hematocrit in Normal
Pregnancy Using Iron-55, 1948 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology  Harvard Medical School, the Boston Lying-In Hospital, and the Radioactivity Center of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
OT-59. Study of Iron Turnover by Red Blood Cells Using
Iron-55 and Iron-59,1948 to 1949, Harvard Medical School and,Radioactivity Center of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, one 6-year-old girl with aplastic anemia, a 4-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl with Cooley's anemia
OT-60. Studies of the Metabolism of Maternal Iron in Newborn Infants Using Iron-55, 1948 to 1950,Department of Pediatrics of Harvard MedicalSchool, the Boston Lying-In Hospital, Children's Hospital, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston and the Radioactivity Center of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
OT-61. Thyroid Function Studies Using Iodine-13, 1950s, researchers at the Fernald State School, Waverly, Ma; the Harvard Medical School; the Tufts Medical School; and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
OT-78. Studies of the Transmission of Radioiodine to Infants Through Maternal Breast Milk, 1950s, researchers in the Departments of Medicine, Medical Laboratories and Radiology, University of Tennessee College of Medicine, and the John Gaston Hospital, Memphis
OT-84. Study of Copper Metabolism Using Copper-64 
1960s, University of Utah College of Medicine in Salt Lake City, including 72 normal pregnant women (in their third trimester).
OT-89. Cesium-137 and Rubidium-83 Metabolism in Healthy
Subjects and Subjects with Muscular Dystrophy, 1965 AND 1972, Departments ofAnatomy, Medicine, and Radiological Health at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City,39 healthy individuals: 5 infants, ages 17 to 143 days; 5 children, ages 5 to 10 years; 23 adults, ages 21 to 52 years, including 6 pregnant females; and 3 children, ages 4 to 11, with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. 
OT-94. Potassium Studies in Diseased Patients Using Potassium-42 
1950s, Wake Forest College, North Carolina Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
OT-101. Study of Cooley=s Anemia in Children Using Chromium-51 and Iron-59 1955,University of Washington, Seattle and the Department of Research Children=s Hospital in Los Angeles on four children, with Cooley=s anemia, a genetic blood disorder. The children, ages 4, 6, 9, and 13
OT-103. Sodium Volume Studies in Children and Adults Using Sodium-24 
1949 AND 1951, Washington University, St. Louis; St. Louis Children=s Hospital; and St. Louis Maternity Hospital, including 37 male or female infants and children ranging in age from one day to 14 years
OT-104. Estimates of Total-Body Sodium in Infants and Children Using Sodium-24 1950s, Department of  Pediatrics, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and St. Louis Children=s Hospital, 21 hospitalized patients ranging in age from 2 weeks to 14 years 
UC-41. Use of an Experimental Strontium­90/Yttrium-90 Needle for Radiation Cordotomy Pain Relief,1960s, Department of Neurological Surgery and Roentgenology, University of Chicago Hospital and Clinics collaborated with the Argonne Cancer Research Hospital, ranging in age from 3 to 71
UR-3. Ingestion of Milk Containing Iodine­131 1963 by a graduate student at University of Rochester ranged in age from 6 years to 50 years; seven were less than 21 years old.

Additional Sources, 
MINDNET Vol. 1, No. 10 - 01/23/96 :     Human Plutonium Injection Experiments,  Advisory Committee On Human Radiation Experiments, 1994. Testimony presented before the President's Commission on Radiation Experiments involving unauthorized experimentation on US citizens by the government.   MindNet Journal Archive Filename: [mn110.htm]
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