Doctors in Denial: The Forgotten Women in the “Unfortunate Experiment”

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Abstract

The “unfortunate experiment” that took place for a period of more than 20 years at the New Zealand Woman's Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand, had tragic results for numerous unsuspecting women and ultimately caused a 20-year setback in cervical cancer screening in New Zealand. The story of Herbert Green's evolving beliefs about cervical cancer, his pursuit of proof for his unfounded theory, based on “no more that a whim and misbelief” according to author Ron Jones, as well as the history of the active as well as passive complicity of superiors and colleagues for years in the rarified realm of academic medicine, is recounted in this engrossing and well-documented book.

A historical account of an unfortunate experiment in cervical neoplasia diagnosis and management is presented.

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