Dwayne Sexton, a six-year-old American boy suffering from leukemia, was bathed in “seas of radiation” as part of a cruel government experiment. In fact, between 1960 and 1974, at least 89 cancer patients, including Dwayne, were systematically exposed to large doses of radiation in two specially designed chambers at the Institute of Nuclear Studies in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
* Leading authorities on radiation protection, and even the AEC itself, judged the cancer treatments were of little, if any, benefit to the patients.
* The government doctors administering the treatments knew of other, more superior, therapy techniques but, at least in Dwayne Sexton’s case, initially withheld these better-established cancer treatments.
* The Oak Ridge clinic facilities were ‘substandard” and the AEC eventually forced its own clinic to shut down.
* Patients did not offer their fully informed consent to be part of some experiments.
* Though the treatments were administered as cancer therapy, one primary purpose was to obtain data for the United States’ space program on human reactions to radiation.
Dwayne Sexton died at the Oak Ridge clinic on December 29, 1968, a month after his last therapy session. In the entire history of the U.S. Manned Spaceflight Program, not a single astronaut ever received a high-enough dose of radiation to suffer from the syndrome.
The man who conducted the experiments, Clarence Lushbaugh, still has his offices at the clinic itself but now is the director of the Oak Ridge Associated Universities‘ Medical and Health Sciences Division.
Mother Jones, 9/81, “Informed Consent” by Howard L. Rosenberg.