The issue was that they were not volunteers who had given informed consent. They were conscientious objectors who were drafted and assigned to this project, which seriously affected their health (as it could have been predicted to happen). The fact that the experiment was run at all is in itself unethical.
I wonder if there was any health follow-up on participants over the years.
And we trust him? :P
A good rule of thumb is never to participate in a medical experiment. Those who participate have little to gain, and could be seriously harmed.
These people probably had long-term damage done to their health. That was probably not something they were informed might happen.
Owing to a myriad of abuses over the years (and subsequent court decisions) "informed consent" now means something quite different from what it meant back then.
Last edited by eKatherine; 04-23-2013 at 04:02 AM.
Some may have lost a bit more after starting to refeed but I believe overall they gained and continued to gain past their original weight. After quite some time they rebalanced and lost the extra pounds.
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