A Doctor Gave Gonorrhea To A Four-Year-Old Just To Prove He Could
In the 19th century, there was a growing debate about whether gonorrhea could spread like a germ. Scientist Henry Heiman believed that an experiment on lab rats wouldn’t prove anything about humans, so he rounded up mentally handicapped children instead.
Heiman found two mentally challenged boys—ages four and 16—and injected them with gonorrhea. Then Heiman injected a dying 26-year-old man with as much gonorrhea as he could handle, too.
Heiman’s experiment was an unqualified success, assuming your criteria for success is “giving children gonorrhea.” Unfortunately, Heiman didn’t know how to cure gonorrhea.
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