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Articles by Greg Dober

Prisoners Unlikely to Benefit from New, Highly Effective Hepatitis C Treatment

Prisoners Unlikely to Benefit from New, Highly Effective Hepatitis C Treatment

by Greg Dober

Hepatitis C (HCV) is a blood-borne virus that is typically spread through intravenous drug use (i.e., sharing needles), tattooing with non-sterile needles, and sharing razors, toothbrushes, nail clippers or other hygiene items that may be exposed ...

Corizon Needs a Checkup: Problems with Privatized Correctional Healthcare

Corizon, the nation’s largest for-profit medical services provider for prisons, jails and other detention facilities, was formed in June 2011 through the merger of Prison Health Services (PHS) and Correctional Medical Services (CMS).

In April 2013, the debt-rating agency Moody’s downgraded Corizon’s nearly $360 million worth of debt to a ...

Brain Imaging Research Conducted on Prisoners

Prisoners might not be able to obtain aspirin for their headaches or insulin for their diabetes while incarcerated, but if researchers get their way, an MRI for brain imaging may be free of charge. That is no cause for celebration, though, because the MRI results could someday be introduced as ...

Pennsylvania DOC's Hepatitis C Protocol Challenged in Class-action Lawsuit

by Gregory Dober

There is an old game known as Thimblerig. Most people know it as the shell game. It's when a con man places a small round ball, about the size of a pea, under three shells and quickly shuffles them around. He then asks if anyone wants to ...

Houston Police Department Conducted Blood Draw Training on Prisoners

In 2009, to expedite DWI arrests, the Houston Police Department sent seven officers to Lone Star College to be trained as certified phlebotomists. A phlebotomist is a qualified medical technician who draws a person’s blood. During the course of the officers’ clinical training, they practiced on prisoners in the psychiatric ...

Survivors Guide to Medical Research in Prison

When one thinks of all the “Survivor Guides” that could be written for prisoners, the last one that comes to mind is for participating as a trial subject in medical research experiments. Yet medicine is science. Scientific theories and developments must be tested to become valid, and the introduction of ...

Junk Bonds to Junk Science? Drug Treatment Program Questioned

by Gregory Dober

What was worth approximately $554 million in 2007 and is valued at about $94 million today? The correct answer is the stock market value of a firm formerly known as Alaska Freightways Inc., a shell company that, as the result of a merger, is now doing business ...

Cheaper than Chimpanzees: Expanding the Use of Prisoners in Medical Experiments

by Gregory Dober

"It is the duty of the doctor to remain the protector of the life and health of that person on whom clinical research is being carried out." Declaration of Helsinki

In June 2006, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued a report on simplifying the current federal regulations ...

Sentenced to Science: One Black Man’s Story of Imprisonment in America, by Allen M. Hornblum

Sentenced to Science: One Black Man's Story of Imprisonment in America, by Allen M. Hornblum

Published by Pennsylvania State University Press, 232 pages, 16 illustrations, Cloth Bound, $24.95

Book Review by Greg Dober

In 1964, medical research in prison led Dr. Albert Kligman and Edward "Butch" Anthony to cross paths ...