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What did this man do to the Yanomami?

Graeber, David (2000) What did this man do to the Yanomami? In These Times, 24 (25). ISSN 0160-5992

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Abstract

Did James Neel, a geneticist working on a grant from the Atomic Energy Commission, commit an act of mass murder? In 1968, did he, in a fiendish experiment that resulted in hundreds of deaths, intentionally unleash a measles epidemic on a population of Yanomami Indians in Venezuela? It seems extremely unlikely. Was he, instead, guilty of some kind of mass manslaughter, by intentionally using an outdated and extremely powerful vaccine on a notoriously vulnerable and immune-deficient population, then skipping off with all the trained medical personnel in the area as the epidemic spread? We'll probably never know for sure.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://inthesetimes.com/
Additional Information: © 2000 In These Times and The Institute for Public Affairs
Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
Sets: Departments > Anthropology
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2013 10:38
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2019 00:04
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/53381

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