Physicians, laymen, and clinical investigators should find this a fascinating book. In nontechnical language it tells the story of an important phenomenon in the history of medical discovery. Self-experimentation has been more widespread than is generally appreciated.
The author, a physician, medical investigator, and eminent professional journalist, has long been fascinated with self-experimentation. He has traveled far and interviewed many medical investigators, especially those who have used themselves as experimental subjects. Hence, in addition to the well-woven historical threads, there are direct accounts from present-day participants. The book's subject is highly relevant to today's rapidly increasing ethical dilemmas stemming from