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Willowbrook State School's Experiment
Willowbrook State School's Hepatitis Experiments 
on Mentally Ill Children

Several outbreaks of hepatitis were reported shortly after Willowbrook opened its doors, and continued for almost a decade. The outbreaks should have led to increased medical care for the residents, but instead the residents became subjects of a controversial medical experiment.
Adults and children were knowingly injected with the virus that causes hepatitis for a medical study. Some were forced to eat feces from other residents who were infected with the disease.

New York Sen. Robert Kennedy referred to Willowbrook as a "snake pit" after a visit to the school and witnessed the deplorable conditions. Kennedy called for a five-year action plan to improve treatment of patients and the school following his visit. Still, the school remained open.
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