The Starvation Study

During World War II, over 44,000 Americans were designated as Conscientious Objectors (COs) - individuals who refused combat serviced based on their pacifist beliefs. These individuals participated in the Civilian Public Service (CPS) which provided alternatives to active military service; COs worked in forestry camps, farms, as hospital staff, and many other non-combat-related assignments. Some COs volunteered for human testing positions, such as with the University of Minnesota's Starvation Study, where scientists measured the effects of semi-starvation on humans and experimented with ways to rebuild the body and mind after long-term food deprivation.

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The Starvation Study Medical Care at Fort Snelling Minnesota Home Front Induction Military Intelligence Service Language School