Holding Scientists and Medical Researchers Accountable for Unethical Human Testing, Part 4: Happy Veterans Day, You Magnificent Lab Rats

Mustard gas testing on human beings was done at Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland, in 1945. (Edgewood Arsenal / U.S. Military Photo/Wikimedia Commons)

Today, it’s all about you, the veteran, you magnificent lab rat. Unethical experiments were conducted and are being conducted both by the military on civilians, and by the military or other agencies on military personnel. Why were and are they unethical? Because the test subjects—us—were not and are not fully informed of what is being done to them, and they did not knowingly consent to be used as a guinea pigs.