© 2020

Human Guinea Pigs, by Kenneth Mellanby: A Reprint with Commentaries

  • Lisa M. Rasmussen

Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 134)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Reprint of Second Edition of Human Guinea Pigs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Kenneth Mellanby
      Pages 3-4
    3. Kenneth Mellanby
      Pages 5-8
    4. Kenneth Mellanby
      Pages 9-12
    5. Kenneth Mellanby
      Pages 13-19
    6. Kenneth Mellanby
      Pages 21-24
    7. Kenneth Mellanby
      Pages 25-29
    8. Kenneth Mellanby
      Pages 31-36
    9. Kenneth Mellanby
      Pages 37-42
    10. Kenneth Mellanby
      Pages 51-59
    11. Kenneth Mellanby
      Pages 69-74
    12. Kenneth Mellanby
      Pages 81-83
    13. Kenneth Mellanby
      Pages 85-88
    14. Kenneth Mellanby
      Pages 97-100

About this book


This book reprints Human Guinea Pigs, by Kenneth Mellanby, a seminal work in the history of medical ethics and human subject research that has been nearly unavailable for over 40 years.  Detailing the use of World War II conscientious objectors who volunteered for experimentation on scabies transmission, Mellanby’s book offers insight into one approach to human subject experimentation before the development of ethical oversight regulations. His work was initially published prior to the articulation of the Nuremberg Code, which makes his subsequent position as a reporter for the British Medical Journal at the Nuremberg Trials very interesting, particularly given his sometimes controversial opinions on Nazi medical experimentation. This book reprints the second edition together with commentary essays that situate Mellanby’s ethical approach in historical context and relative to contemporary approaches. This volume is of particular interest to scholars of the history of human subject research.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Lisa M. Rasmussen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of North Carolina at CharlotteCharlotteUSA

About the editors

Lisa M. Rasmussen earned her PhD in Philosophy (with a focus on bioethics) from Rice University ,and is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Factuly Fellow in the Graduate School at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.  One of Dr. Rasmussen’s main research areas is research ethics, particularly research misconduct and federal regulatory approaches to ethical issues in research. She is presently working on a book manuscript on unregulated human subject research, and serves as Editor of the book series Philosophy and Medicine. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Human Guinea Pigs, by Kenneth Mellanby: A Reprint with Commentaries
  • Editors Lisa M. Rasmussen
  • Series Title Philosophy and Medicine
  • Series Abbreviated Title Philosophy, Medicine
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-37696-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-37699-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-37697-0
  • Series ISSN 0376-7418
  • Series E-ISSN 2215-0080
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 214
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Bioethics
    History of Medicine
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