Acres of Skin
Human Experiments at Holmesburg Prison
Allen M. Hornblum
This compelling book exposes the disturbing medical experimentation that took place within the walls of Philadelphia's Holmesburg Prison from the mid-1950s through the mid-1970s. Inmates were used as guinea pigs for a host of medical experiments, from testing facial creams to potentially lethal substances. Based on in-depth interviews and rigorous research, Acres of Skin paints a disturbing portrait of abuse, moral indifference, and greed by doctors, prison officials, and corporations.
First Published in 1998