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History. Self-experimentation is a medical experiment that the researcher undertakes with himself as its subject. There have probably always been such experiments throughout the history of medicine. They have spurred medical progress, even in cases where the result was disastrous, ending in permanent damage or death. The most famous example of self-experimentation, successful in every respect, was the first catheterization of the human heart, a procedure carried out in 1929 by Wer…

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Lohmann, Friedrich, “Self-experimentation”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 06 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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