Madness in Fine Print

Using mentally ill subjects for psychiatric experiments too often means extracting and relying on their ill-informed consent

Harry Cummings remembers hearing voices and seeing images the very day he was discharged from the Army: "Voices told me all kinds of stuff about the government. It scared me." Cummings, 38, had done two Army tours, including time in South Korea, and had worked his way up to sergeant. After his discharge, he began wandering, hitchhiking from Seattle to Miami, living on the streets, getting by on odd jobs, before stumbling into Los Angeles in the summer of 1982. "A black guy gave me a ride from the California border and dropped me downtown. He gave me a few bucks...

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