6 Creepy Science Experiments That Will Shock You With Cruelty of Humans


Science help people, save lives and let us live longer but to reach this level of knowledge humanity has gone through horrible experiments. Nexter.org gathered some of them.

The syphilis experiment in Tuskegee

Source: Nara


Between the years 1932 and 1972, the U.S. Public Health Service conducted a clinical study in the form of an experiment involving syphilis-infected, poor African-American farmers who hailed from the rural town of Tuskegee, Alabama.

Around 399 people were recruited into a free treatment program but were actually denied of penicillin because the researchers wanted to find out the progress of the disease if untreated.

In 1973, the subjects filed a class-action lawsuit against the U.S. government for their questionable experiment. To this day, the litigation has continued.


Extracting body parts to cure insanity

Source: independent.co.uk


Dr. Henry Cotton, the head physician of the New Jersey State Lunatic Asylum (presently called the Trenton Psychiatric Hospital) had a crazy notion: internal organs, upon developing infections, were the root causes of insanity and must therefore be extracted for study.

In 1907, the “surgical bacteriology” procedures were done often without the consent of patients. Teeth, tonsils and even deeper internal organs such as colons that were suspected to be causing the insanity were extracted. To prove his point, the doctor also extracted his own teeth, as well as those of his wife and sons!

Forty-nine patients died from the procedures, which he justified as “end-stage psychosis.” He is currently regarded as a pioneering expert who paved the way for efforts to cure insanity—but critics still consider his works appalling, nonetheless!


The 1971 Stanford prison experiment

Source: Philip G. Zimbardo, Inc.


Psychologist Philip Zimbardo and his research group had 24 college students—each paid $15 a day—as subjects to his “prison life” experiment, wherein some took the role of prisoners and the others, guards.

Despite instructions not to use any form of violence in maintaining control and order, one in every three guards showed their tendency to be abusive even if they showed no signs prior to the experiment.

This resulted in two prisoners suffering emotional trauma and leaving the mock prison. Multiple films and documentaries have been produced bringing to light the decades-old experiment which, because of the disturbing results, lasted only six days instead of 14.


Scorching water as a torturous treatment for pneumonia

Source: listgecko


In the 1840s, when typhoid pneumonia was widespread, Dr. Walter Jones took 15- to 30-year-old male African slaves in Virginia plantations as test subjects of his experiment – the pouring of boiling water on them to supposedly cure the disease!

This was performed on the subjects who had high fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, headaches, nausea, vomiting, fatigue and diarrhea—which were known signs of pneumonia.

The doctor claimed that the experiment was a success as it cured several of the subjects, but this was never verified.


The Emma Eckstein case by Sigmund Freud

Source: belvoir.com.au


In the 1890s, 27-year-old Italian Emma Eckstein sought treatment from Dr. Sigmund Freud for depression and stomach pain due to menstruation. Freud’s diagnosis was hysteria and extreme masturbation which was considered a mental illness at the time.

Freud’s friend Wilhelm Fliess, an ear, nose and throat surgeon, believed that excessive masturbation could be cured by cauterizing her nose. Upon conducting the surgery, however, Fliess accidentally left surgical gauze in Eckstein’s nasal passage, resulting in infections that left her permanently disfigured, caused a cerebral hemorrhage and ultimately caused her death in 1924.

However, Freud concluded that the hemorrhages or “wish-bleedings” emanated from her extreme desire for others’ affection and later associated her with his seduction theory. Analysts argued that the Eckstein case was a horrific display of Freud’s cover-up of Fliess’ apparent malpractice.


Hofling hospital experiment proves blind obedience to authority

Source:  io9.gizmodo.com

This was the premise of the 1966 field experiment conducted by Charles K. Hofling about people willingly accepting orders from authoritative figures.

In a real hospital, Dr. Hofling had mock doctors ordering nurses to give patients a fictional drug in doses beyond the allowed limits. Surprisingly, the nurses who said on a test questionnaire that they wouldn’t do such a thing did otherwise—despite knowing that the order was against hospital rules and could in fact risk patients’ lives.

Dr. Hofling concluded that the nurses “suppressed good judgment” because they viewed the doctor as a professional who knew better. While the experiment did not cause harm to any patient, it was a terrifying revelation of the delicate yet harmful nature of human obedience, which could actually cloud common sense, compassion and rational thinking.


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6 Creepy Science Experiments That Will Shock You With Cruelty of Humans
6 Creepy Science Experiments That Will Shock You With Cruelty of Humans
Science help people, save lives and let us live longer but to reach this level of knowledge humanity has gone through horrible experiments. Nexter.org gathered some of them.

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