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February 2000

Ethical Accusations: The Loss of Common Sense

Arch Dermatol. 2000;136(2):268-269. doi:

Articles in the April 1999 issue of the Archives of Dermatology discussed the ethics of dermatologic experiments performed at Holmesburg Prison, Philadelphia, Pa, 2 to 4 decades ago.1-3 These articles were the response to a book by Allen M. Hornblum4 who also wrote an article for the "Issues in Dermatology" section.1 My purpose in writing this response to those articles is not to justify or judge whether those studies were ethical or unethical, but to decry the outrageous analogies and inflammatory statements made in the 3 ARCHIVES articles.