It made me think of it after reading mckGenetics post about being a guinea pig. I wonder if they still even do that. After my riding injury, my doc nursed me along on pain meds for about 2 months so that I could continue jumping. Yeah, in hindsite, it probably wasn't a smart move with 2 ruptured discs leaking into my spinal canal, but it was me mostly - I begged, pleaded and borrowed, so he said o.k. I was scheduled for the big spinal fusion with bone from the bone bank to be put into the spaces where the discs came out and all the hardware, yadda, yadda, well I happen to see this thing in the paper about this doc (whom I had heard of) an ortho surgeon, who had a brand new procedure called this percutanious dysectomy. He told me it was wonderful and I could avoid the other surgery entirely! I was pumped (I was younger than) LOL! So, they take you in and stick the needles in and keep you awake so if you feel a shock down your leg, you have to tell them and they pull it back out cuz it means they hit a nerve, and then they try again. I was bawling like a baby and I really am pretty tough, but they tried about 7 times before finally getting two needles, one into each disk. Then they finally put me out. when I woke, I thought I had died. The next morning I could not move and the next day after 2 trips to the ER I was in the OR having the big spinal fusion surgery. My husband said, there was a guy that went in after me for the same surgery that he had also seen having the same exact percutanious dysectomy the day I did. He talked to his wife and she said he was in so much pain she was bawling for him. Anyway, my point is, I wonder how much we are used as guinea pigs sometimes and experimented on. I guess they gotta try it on somebody, have you all ever had some wierd and horryfing procedure done like that? Just curious..