Researchers affiliated with the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), selected 88 test subjects at the University of Cincinnati and exposed them without consent to hefty doses of radiation under the direction of Dr. Eugene Saenger between 1960 and 1971.
Saenger picked test subjects from poor, mostly non-white groups, without informed consent. Some were dosed with radiation for a solid hour, during which time they were exposed to the equivalent of 20,000 chest X-rays.
Patients died as a direct result of the tests, and the rest suffered through symptoms of radiation sickness: nausea, uncontrollable vomiting, severe mental confusion, loss of hair, loss of appetite, loosened teeth, and mouth ulcers.
Dr. Saenger, a graduate of Harvard Medical School, had a 30-year teaching career which was unblemished by any hint of scandal. He won many awards for his pioneering research and lived as a pillar of his community, dying in 2007, at the age of 90.
Dr. Saenger received a gold medal for “career achievements” from the Radiological Society of North America.