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Grounds for Optimism in Treating Acute Granulocytic Leukemia

William H. Crosby, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1974;134(1):177-180. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320190179031.
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In the December issue of Harpers Magazine was a grim report of a psychological experiment.1 The plan of this experiment involves three people—A, B, and C. A is an Actor, C is Control, and B is "Bastard," for the "poor bastard" who is the real subject of the experiment. There is also a gadget, a "shock machine" rated from 15 to 450 volts. Control reminds Bastard that he has volunteered for a teaching experiment. A has learned certain pairs of words such as Bird-Cuckoo and Tea—China. B is to drill A on the word list, and if A makes a mistake, B is to pull the lever that gives a shock to A. A is strapped into an electric chair that restrains him and holds his wrists against the "electrodes." Quotation marks on electrodes indicate that they aren't really electrodes and that this isn't really a shock machine. The


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