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The Great Starvation Experiment

The Great Starvation Experiment


The Great Starvation Experiment: Ancel Keys and the Men Who Starved for Science


Near the end of World War II, thirty-six conscientious objectors volunteered to be systematically starved for renowned scientist Ancel Keys' study at the University of Minnesota in the basement of Memorial Stadium. Aimed to benefit relief efforts in war-ravaged Europe and Asia, the study sought the best way to rehabilitate starving citizens. Tucker captures a lost moment in American history--a time when staunch idealism and a deep willingness to sacrifice trumped even basic human needs. 


Author: Todd Tucker

Published by: University of Minnesota Press, 2007

Format: Paperback, 229 pages

SKU: 625
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