Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Cadavers, Experiments and More...

In my book Body Snatchers in the Desert I made a passing reference to a story concerning the alleged transfer to Los Alamos, New Mexico (between 1945 and 1947) of what were rumored to be a number of refrigerated Japanese cadavers used in secret experimentation. Outrageous? Some thought so; but now there's this...

2 comments:

Stefanos said...

There's no denying that by using Human beings (whether they be living or deceased)in scientific experiments, more accurate results
are yielded.
It would not surprise me to find that such use was not uncommon during and after WWII with many such experiments remaining secret because of their unsavoury nature.
Although as this article shows attitudes are changing and we may see more documentation surface in the future from the period in question.
I think you've opened a door here Nick, whilst i also believe History as always been written by the victorious, we have capitalised on a defeated enemies knowledge and may have to rewrite our own History to include a dark period in which the unthinkable might well have happened.

Nick Redfern said...

S:
There were several documented examples of this having been done in the past, one being a Project Sunshine which existed in the 50s. Some of its files are now available at the National Archives and talk about using cadavers and body parts in radiation related experiments.