Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: In his review of my book, The Treatment: The Story of Those Who Died in the Cincinnati Radiation
Tests, Dr Mossman1 describes a work
without technical or medical findings, which lacks "description or analysis
of the Cincinnati studies."
Yet description and analysis of what exactly happened to 90 research
subjects at the University of Cincinnati for 11 years is precisely what my
book entails.2 It examines in detail not
just the physicians' profiles of the subjects for the US Department of Defense,
but the complete hospital records released to the surviving families through
the lawsuit of 1994; more than 5000 pages of memos and documents from the
archived files of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and all
the deliberations on the case, published and unpublished, from President Clinton's
Advisory Committee of 1994-1995,3 which
devoted more time to this case than to any of the other deliberate exposures
to the Cold War.
Martha Stephens. The Cincinnati Radiation Tests. JAMA. 2003;289(3):301–302. doi:10.1001/jama.289.3.301