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Professor Linda Bryder: Responses to ‘A History of the “Unfortunate Experiment”‘

Peter Griffin posted in on August 19th, 2010.

From NZSkeptics: New Zealand’s Education Act 1989 states that academic freedom means freedom ‘within the law to question and test received wisdom, to put forward new ideas and to state controversial or unpopular opinions’. In theory one is protected but in practice there is no protection from ad hominem, scurrilous and unwarranted attacks on one’s […]

NZ Herald: No accounting for mistakes

Peter Griffin posted in on July 19th, 2010.

Chris Barton writes in the New Zealand Herald about Auckland University’s refusal to require Linda Bryder, author of A History of the ‘Unfortunate Experiment’ at National Women’s Hospital, to correct the factual errors contained in the book. The book claims (among other things) that the ‘unfortunate experiment’ never took place, and that Dame Syliva Cartwright’s […]

NZ Herald: Whistleblower calls it a day

Peter Griffin posted in on June 3rd, 2010.

Martin Johnston writes in the New Zealand Herald about Professor Ron Jones, the whistleblower whose 1984 article eventually led to the Cartwright Inquiry. Professor Jones has been an active campaigner against the view that the Cartwright Inquiry’s findings were incorrect, and his influence has been important in New Zealand’s adoption of cervical screening. An excerpt: […]

Media coverage: the Unfortunate Experiment

Peter Griffin posted in on June 3rd, 2010.

The controversial “unfortunate experiment” conducted by Dr Herbert Green has been found to have caused the deaths of 8 cervical cancer patients. The experiment, which took place between 1965 and 1974, delayed or withheld the treatment of 127 women who had been diagnosed with cervical cancer or a pre-cancerous lesion. The aim was to try […]

The “Unfortunate Experiment” – recent media coverage

Peter Griffin posted in on September 21st, 2009.

A feature from the Weekend Herald by senior feature writer Chris Barton about the fallout in academic circles following the publication of Professor Linda Bryder’s book A History of the ‘Unfortunate Experiment’ at National Women’s Hospital. Read the feature in full here. Recent Herald columns on the subject: Nigel Wilson: Hidden scandal of rheumatic fever […]

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