5. Stanford Prison Experiment
One of the other worst experiments conducted was on humans was for studying behavior for psychological testing in 1971; it was carried out by a group of psychologists at the Stanford University headed by psychologist Philip Zimbardo. This experiment is known as the Stanford Prison Experiment. The study was conducted to observe human response to the lack of freedom. For this, the psychologists wanted to study the effects on behavior on both sides – the captives and the authorities. The subjects of the research were volunteers from undergrad classes. They were divided into two groups; guards and prisoners. They lived in a mock prison, which was based in the basement of the University premises. During the experiment, it was revealed that the roles were taken up by both the parties, immediately after the experiment was initiated. However, they went a little too far with their roles, which resulted in risky and psychologically damaging conditions (especially for the inmates). It was shocking to see that one-third of those playing the role of the authorities had serious sadistic approach. On the other hand, those who were captives/prisoners, they encountered serious traumatic episodes of emotions, leading to mental disturbance. The psychologists involved were alarmed by the intense abusive and anti-social behavior of the subjects, therefore, the experiment was called out. This certainly is one of the worst experiments ever conducted on humans, and this is why we have included it on our list of ten worst experiments on humans.
4. The Tuskegee Experiment
Next we have another experiment that definitely deserves to be on our list of ten worst experiments on humans. The experiment came to be known as The Tuskegee Experiment. It is an acute example of the most inhumane treatment given to the subjects of the experiment. A group of African-American subjects were gathered at Tuskegee, Alabama in 1932. It was conducted at the wake of experimenting a drug that was meant to cure syphilis; a sexually transmitted disease, which caused pain, mental imbalance, and death. Government-funded doctors were heading it. As a result of this, 100s died of the disease; while, 399 were rejected proper treatment. The patients also infected their wives, which led to the birth of 19 children with congenital syphilis. The worst part is that they were even denied the basic right to know what disease they were suffering from. Instead, they were told they had ‘bad blood’.
3. Nazi Experiments
No one can deny the fact that the experiments conducted by Nazis are of primary importance to the medical science. However, at the same time, it is undeniable that these experiments were one of the most horrific examples of studies conducted on humans. These medical atrocities are well-documented. It is hard to list the details of these experiments since there is quite a huge number. However, we will just mention them briefly for you to know. In the ‘Hot Bath’ experiment, the subjects were placed in a hot bath and the temperature was increased to a very high level. Many died due to the sudden increase of the body temperature. The experiment of the twins was terrifying. Researchers collected their living data and later killed them with an injection of chloroform in their hearts to study their organs. To study the effects of cold on humans, victims were put in icy water or asked to strip down naked in the cold. There is an endless list of horrific experiments conducted on humans by Nazis.
2. Henrietta Lacks : Worst Experiments on Humans
Henrietta lacks, an African-American woman, who was penniless and illiterate, fell a victim to medical research. Her cells were taken to study cloning. Her cells, also referred to as the HeLa Line, were the first to be successfully kept alive and cloned. HeLa Line proved to be instrument in the development of various medical researches such as polio vaccine, gene mapping, and cancer and AIDS research. Despite the contribution she made to modern medicine, Lacks died homeless and penniless. For years, her family was kept in the dark about her contribution. She was buried in a family cemetery without even a tombstone. However, today the world recognizes her for her amazing sacrifice.
1. Deadly Chemical Sprays on the US Cities
This highly inhumane and horrific experiment was run by the Army, CIA and the government on American citizens. The purpose of the experiment was to observe the effects of chemical attack. So, in order to determine that American cities were attacked by a series of biochemical warfare stimulations. There were a number of air strikes and naval attacks. Whooping cough virus was released by CIA on Tampa Bay by using boats, which resulted in cough epidemic. Twelve people were killed by this. A number of people living in San Francisco developed pneumonia as a result of bacterial pathogens sprayed on them by the Navy. Furthermore, the Army released millions of mosquitoes to spread yellow fever and dengue fever. It killed a huge number of people; the mosquitoes also spread other viruses/medical conditions such as typhoid and respiratory problems. Moreover, it also triggered stillbirths. After the devastation was done, the Army, disguised as health care officers and visited the public to study the effects of the diseases they had spread intentionally.
Research studies are good – they help you establish a better understanding of things and finding cures for problems of any nature. However, scientists and researchers should never forget the basic right of other human beings to life and betterment. By exploiting their rights, and conducting research, as mentioned in our list of ten worst experiments on humans, they have shown a very low level of civic sense.