Wednesday, June 14, 2017

How the University of Cincinnati buries its sins

I was in Cincinnati yesterday to meet Martha Stephens, the former English professor who led the fight to expose the notorious whole-body radiation experiments funded by the US military at the University of Cincinnati in the early 1970s.  At least 90 cancer patients, many of them poor African Americans, were given massive doses of radiation in order to study how radiation exposure might affect soldiers in a nuclear war. The studies were later the subjects of congressional hearings and an investigation by President Clinton's Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments.

As part of a 1999 legal settlement, the University of Cincinnati agreed to erect a memorial to the victims on hospital grounds. So I decided to visit the hospital and have a look. Unfortunately, nobody at the hospital seemed to have any idea what I was talking about. I was eventually directed to a very pleasant woman from nuclear medicine, who led me through a maze of basement corridors to an obscure courtyard. Here is what I saw.


But if you push the branches of the shrubbery aside and wedge yourself into the corner, you can see the memorial, such as it is. No explanation of the experiments, nothing at all to hint of any wrongdoing, just a few words and then a list of the names of the subjects.


So much for a memorial. What about Dr. Eugene Saenger, the radiologist who oversaw the abuses? With him it's a very different story. His name is displayed prominently on a plaque outside the nuclear medicine clinic, and there is even a little shrine to his work. It makes no mention of his victims.



But hey, at least the families of the victims have some shrubbery. That's more than most mistreated subjects can say.

24 comments:

  1. He sounds like a candidate for the Mengele Prize to me.

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  2. Thanks so much for showing people our so-called Plaque. Yeah, people who might happen to see it (very few, if any) would not even know what it was about -- that over 90 people suffered in radiation experiments by eleven faculty in the U. C. College of Medicine, and that 21 of them died, mainly of bone-marrow failure, during the month after their exposures.
    Yes, the Mengele Prize sounds about right.

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  3. Oh so Cincinnati!

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  4. Never knew this. What a shame! Those people need to honored with an explanation & moved in a prominent spot, preferably in place of the doctor's plaque

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  5. Neither did I know this horrendous reality that happened right here so few years ago....OMG. Thank you for telling the story again and letting us know!

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  6. I decided to hunt this down myself after verifying the origin story of the memorial and doing some research into its location (which I could not find any specifics anywhere). I have to say that I am disappointed by the school and hospital. I did find it, however. Carl's description is not the easiest path find this. If one starts from outside, on Albert Sabin Way, near Kresge Circle, continue east just to the east-most part of a little, almost oval park called Levine Park to Levine Drive near the sign for the Cardiovascular Research Center, take the walkway of Levine park all the way to the CRC, and keep going onto a lawn behind the Sabin Way Garage towards the back of an unmarked (from this angle) building, you will notice some shrubbery to the left. On the grass, there are beaten footpaths from where you are to a door and from that door to another. The more central door near the shrubs is your target. Once you get there, you will notice a short sidewalk that is not connected to any other formal walk. Go on it. Inside the bushes, face out toward Levine Park and at your feet is the plaque.

    I could not believe it is this hidden. There is literally no way to know it is there or stumble upon it unless someone tells you to go there.

    From inside at the main entrance of the Medical Center, you have to wind your way towards the nuclear medicine/radiology area and the Outpatient Clinic. From here you will "follow the breadcrumbs" (they literally have that on the walls!) to go to the Outpatient Clinic in the basement. Keep going past the signs for the garage and find a door/stairway to the right. There is a door that leads to outside. It will LOCK YOU OUT! Just to the right of this door is the memorial.

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    1. It appears they were ashamed...very sad.

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    2. They should be Ashamed, I am and I was raised here

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    3. UC most likely made a boatload of money. What American population don't know is,there was another experiment that was conducted in the south pacific between May 77 and June 80. It was called the Enewetak Atoll Cleanup.During that time frame,8000+ soldiers, sailors and airmen were sent to Enewetak to cleanup the radiation contamination on the the islands. The military personnel were told it was safe to work there because the radiation was minimal at best. Now after forty plus years the lies unfold. Of the 8000+ personnel that were there is only about 600 that are still alive, of those over 30 percent of the 600 have sonetype of illness that is directly connected to their assignment to the cleanup and congress,dept of defense and the veterns administration all denie the connection and have denied it for the past forty years meanwhile our veterans from that assignment are dying at about 12 per year. Denie denie until they all die!!!!

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  7. UC should be ashamed...but you would have to have things like Class, Respect, and a Soul to be ashamed. UC is pathetic!!

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  8. All of the names of this horrible experiment are not listed..I accompanied my Mother, Mrs.Diana Adams to General Hospital in the 60s.
    Unbeknownst to us she was told.." We are treating you with "Cobalt" to eradicate your breast cancer."
    I was 12..I remember her lovely fingernail tips were burned black!
    No explanation from the "Doctors".
    She died not knowing that she was used by science.
    But I declare there is our Heavenly Father who sits high and looks low.
    There is also a hell ..darkness and a fire that is never quenched..My Mother is in Heaven with her new spiritual body.
    Dr. Saenger and his associates at the hospital AND those in the government and military that order that experiment are paying severely..

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  9. Someone must have told them about this article. The area is officially cleaned up and no longer hidden by bushes. It is still however hidden in the back of the hospital in a corner. My great aunt is on this list.

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  10. Here's an idea. Post the exact GPS coordinates of this location. Or perhaps directions on how to get there by foot.

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    1. My phone's GPS was wonky in the area. I think it's because of the tall buildings.

      I believe they are Lat 39.1383 Long -84.5024

      It is much cleaner now.

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    2. Oops, forgot to mention. I also did post a walkthrough up above on June 26, 2017 9:34 AM. So, GPS Lat 39.1383 Long -84.5024 (to the best of my ability) and the walkthrough up above. Notice the bushes are no longer there, so some of the directions are slightly off, for the better!

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  11. Thank you for sharing this. Anyone interested in medical freedom should join us at Ohio Vaccine Freedom.

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  12. My first husband Darryl Johnson was one of the victims, but we could not find records.

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  13. I'm afraid I wouldn't know the GPS coordinates. I doubt I could even find it a second time without help. But I'm told that the local ABC affiliate is planning to do a story on Monday,

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  14. Where is this located on the campus?

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    1. It's at the university hospital, but I'm pretty sure I would not be able to find it again. Maybe you can figure it out from this news story.

      http://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/hamilton-county/cincinnati/out-of-the-way-memorial-remembers-cincinnati-patients-who-died-in-radiation-testing

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