Category:Henry K. Beecher

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English: Henry Knowles Beecher (February 4, 1904 – July 25, 1976) was an important figure in the history of anesthesiology and medicine in the United States. His 1966 article on unethical practices in medical experimentation was instrumental in the implementation of the U.S. federal regulations related to obtaining informed consent before proceeding with any human experimentation. Prior to that, Dr. Beecher was a part of the U.S. intelligence community’s interrogation research project, and after obtaining a «top secret» security clearance received a Pentagon grant to study the «Response of Normal Men to Lysergic Acid Derivatives». Reportedly, he was involved in human experiments with the so-called «ego-depressant» drugs, proverbially known as «truth serum», conducted by the CIA in post-war Germany in the 1950s, which took place in a secret CIA-prison «Haus Waldhof» in Kronberg near Frankfurt. Also, he allegedly tested LSD and LAE on unknowing human subjects in the U.S. during his experiments.


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