Self experimentation refers to scientific experimentation in which the experimenter conducts the experiment on her or himself often this means that the designer operator subject analyst and user or reporter of the experiment are all the same self experimentation has a long and well documented history in medicine which continues to the present some of these experiments have been very . Who goes first tells their stories and thus gives us a view of medical research that diverges from the alienation of the nameless number heads lawrence k altman has pursued research on the subject of medical self experimentation since his days as a medical student and this personal interest shines throughout the book. The first truly systematic study of self experimentation to the best of my knowledge appeared in lawrence altmans book who goes first published in 1987 2 in this work altman artfully recorded over a hundred examples of this practice. Lawrence altman has authored the only complete history of the controversial and understudied practice of self experimentation in telling the stories of pioneering researchers altman offers a history of many of the most important medical advancements in recent years as well as centuries past from anesthesia to yellow fever to heart disease. Who goes first the story of self experimentation in medicine user review not available book verdict the ethical implications of self experimentation are not the focus of this fascinating book yet the subject arises frequently as altman explores developments in a variety of medical disciplines such read full review
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