Today in 1993: The Boston Globe discloses that researchers of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University fed cereal mixed with radioactive milk to scores of retarded teenage boys at the Massachusetts Fernald State School.
The researchers said they wanted a better understanding of the human digestive process. Further disclosures show some of Massachusetts leading academic institutions and hospitals also did this. They subjected the terminally ill, the elderly and others to unsafe radiation doses, with no possible benefit to the test subjects.
In November, The Albuquerque Tribune sparked new interest in human radiation experiments with harrowing accounts of prisoners, mental patients and even pregnant women who were given plutonium in government -supported research after World War Two.
It’s This Weekend’s Action Calendar!
Sunday is International Folk Dancing from 8 to 11pm. This is a free event and donations are accepted. This is at The Crossing, at the corner of University Avenue and Charter Street, in the basement – enter through the back stair door. For more info, call 608-241-3655, or visit madfolkdance.org
Sunday is a Prairie Enthusiasts Volunteer Work Day for brush removal. This is Sunday from 1 to 4pm at Koltes/Westport Drumlin Prairies, on Bong Road, east of Waunakee. For more info, call Rich at 608-845-7065 or visit theprairieenthusiasts.org
Books to Prisoners is a non-profit organization sponsored by Rainbow Bookstore that sends books to prisoners in Wisconsin and other states. They accept donations. More details at 257-6050 or rainbowbookstore.coop.