A new book, Elephants on Acid, by Alex Boese, lists some of the strangest medical experiments ever performed.
Here's the publisher's description:
When Tusko the Elephant woke in his pen at the Lincoln Park Zoo on the morning of August 3, 1962, little did he know that he was about to become the test subject in an experiment to determine what happens to an elephant given a massive dose of LSD. In Elephants on Acid, Alex Boese reveals to readers the results of not only this scientific trial but of scores of other outrageous, amusing, and provocative experiments found in the files of modern science.ScienceRoll blog gives a nice run-down of some of the weirdest and most shocking:
Why can’t people tickle themselves? Would the average dog summon help in an emergency? Will babies instinctually pick a well-balanced diet? Is it possible to restore life to the dead? Read Elephants on Acid and find out!
- The Milgram experiment
- The Initiation of Heterosexual Behavior in a Homosexual Male
- The Stanford Prison Experiment
- The Vomit-Drinking Doctor
- Beneficial Brainwashing
- Heartbeat At Death