July 1974

Grounds for Optimism in Treating Acute Granulocytic Leukemia

Author Affiliations

La Jolla, Calif

From the Division of Hematology, L. C. Jacobson Blood Center, Scripps Clinic and Foundation, La Jolla, Calif.

Arch Intern Med. 1974;134(1):177-180. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320190179031

In the December issue of Harpers Magazine was a grim report of a psychological experiment.1 The plan of this experiment involves three people—A, B, and C. A is an Actor, C is Control, and B is "Bastard," for the "poor bastard" who is the real subject of the experiment. There is also a gadget, a "shock machine" rated from 15 to 450 volts. Control reminds Bastard that he has volunteered for a teaching experiment. A has learned certain pairs of words such as Bird-Cuckoo and Tea—China. B is to drill A on the word list, and if A makes a mistake, B is to pull the lever that gives a shock to A. A is strapped into an electric chair that restrains him and holds his wrists against the "electrodes." Quotation marks on electrodes indicate that they aren't really electrodes and that this isn't really a shock machine. The

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