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” of New Mexico 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 today’s Action Calendar!
This afternoon from 4 to 6pm, legal assistance for Dane County veterans will be available as University of Wisconsin Law School launches the new Veterans Law Center. The center will help veterans with civil legal services and information. The clinic operates from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second Thursday of every month at the City-County Building, and from 4 to 6 p.m. the fourth Thursday of every month at Porchlight, Inc., 306 North Brooks Street. Volunteer attorneys, paralegals and UW law students will staff the center. For more info, call 608-890-3754.
Tonight at Socrates Cafe, a philosophy dialogue group, the discussion topic will be “What does normal mean to you?” This is at 7pm at Redamte Coffeehouse, 449 State Street in the Upper Level. For more info, call Richard at 608-257-8869 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Evening Meals on Wheels needs volunteers to deliver hot, nutritious low-cost meals to older and differently abled people. Locations are flexible and the time commitment is about one hour per shift. For details call 276-7598.