Acres of Skin

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Acres of Skin
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Author Allen M. Hornblum
Subject Experimentation on prisoners
Genre Non-fiction
Publisher Routledge
Publication date
1998
ISBN ISBN 0-415-91990-8

Acres of Skin: Human Experiments at Holmesburg Prison is a 1998 book by Allen M. Hornblum. The book documents clinical non-therapeutic medical experiments on prison inmates at Holmesburg Prison in Philadelphia from 1951 to 1974, conducted under the direction of dermatologist Albert Kligman.[1] The title of the book is a reference to Kligman's reaction on seeing hundreds of prisoners when he entered the prison: "All I saw before me were acres of skin" ... "It was like a farmer seeing a fertile field for the first time".[2]

The publication of Acres of Skin in 1998 attracted considerable international media interest.[3] The book has been reviewed in several journals including the International Journal of Dermatology,[4] Social History of Medicine[5] and Canadian Journal of History.[1][6][7][8]

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  1. ^ a b Theresa Richardson. Acres of Skin: Human Experiments at Holmesburg Prison (Review) Canadian Journal of History, April 1, 2001.
  2. ^ Allen M. Hornblum. Sentenced to Science: One Black Man's Story of Imprisonment in America, The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2007, p. 52.
  3. ^ Allen M. Hornblum. Sentenced to Science: One Black Man's Story of Imprisonment in America, The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2007, p. ix.
  4. ^ Jeanine Millikan. Book Review: Acres of Skin International Journal of Dermatology, 38(2): 158, February 1999.
  5. ^ T.W. Laqueur. Book Review: Acres of Skin: Human Experiments at Holmesburg Prison Social History of Medicine, Volume 16, Number 1, April 2003 , pp. 159-161.
  6. ^ Democracry Now. Holmesburg Prison news segment, Aug. 1, 2000
  7. ^ Hornblum, A. M. "Ethical Lapses in Dermatologic "Research"." Arch Dermatol 135, no. 4 (Apr 1999): 383-5 PMID 10206044
  8. ^ Weyers W. Medical experiments on humans and the development of guidelines governing them: the central role of dermatology. Clin Dermatol. 2009 Jul-Aug;27(4):384-94. PMID 19539167