The Cartwright Papers

Bridget Williams Books

The Cartwright Inquiry’s finding that staff at the National Women’s Hospital had conducted unethical research on women with cervical cancer was a watershed moment in medical history. Yet recent attempts have been made to challenge the Inquiry’s finding.

The Cartwright Papers is a comprehensive rebuttal of those challenges, setting out the damage done by the ‘unfortunate experiment’. Setting out the context of the National Women’s controversy, it pulls apart the challenges to the Cartwright findings with contributions from medical experts, historians and feminist writers, including the author of the original exposé of the experiment, Sandra Coney.

Part of Series 21: into a new century.