Self-Experimentation: Advantages & Disadvantages

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: @LarryLLapin

Before the advent of modern science, new developments in medicine were strictly hit-or-miss. Early researchers such as Luis Pasteur would experiment on closely-connected subjects—even on themselves. There was no FDA; medical boards and other overseers where yet to come. Though, even then the medical infrastructure offered plenty of criticism and ridicule to new ideas.

Inertia and shunning remain, and now there are constraints as well. With the advent of modern statistics, evaluation tools have been adopted and internalized by researchers themselves. Double-blind studies for innovative treatments assess efficacy and potential harm. Those are needed not only for approvals but  also expected by one’s peers.

Not only has medical research become expensive, it has slowed. People die waiting for vetting processes to run their courses.

Red tape and delay can be frustrating. Much of story told in my book, Adam… Forever, deals with the issue. Echoing the spirit of early medical pioneers, when faced with the prospect of losing his wife to cancer, my hero Adam Boatwright will violate laws and protocols. He will become the Guinea pig while hunting for a preventive for Vera’s familial breast cancer.

Adam is in too much of a hurry to jump traditional hurdles. He is so much in love that he will self-experiment, jeopardizing his career and risking imprisonment.


Prequel to the Adam’s Chronicles series. The story tells how geneticist and surgeon, Adam Boatwright, uses his skills to prevent his wife’s impending cancer. Adam engineers a super virus that continually generates chemicals that fight off viruses and cancer.

As a test, Adam infects himself with that mutant virus. But the side effect is prevention of aging, and he becomes virtually immortal. Convinced that long lives would destroy the human race, Adam becomes caught in a web of intrigue and conspiracy as he tries to stop profiteers from exploiting his super virus.

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The Adam’s Chronicles Series

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Adam’s story is always brought up to date in fresh ways, so that books in this series may be read in any order.

The following book is the series prequel and may be read independently.


All of the above are available at Amazon as Kindle E-Books.

What Others Say About This Series

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Phenomenal series offers elements of the thriller, mystery, science fiction, and romance genres. Dr. Lapin’s novels are exciting, with wonderfully developed characters and situations—Jada Ryker, Top 1,000 Amazon Reviewer.

Mad scientist or brave hero? … A murder mystery, medical thriller, and science fiction novel all rolled into one. I recommend it highly—Diane Rapp, Amazon Reviewer.

A fast paced story so plausible that I had trouble figuring the line where science fact and science fiction resides. … That credibility made the debate about the desirability of immortality real instead of fantasy. … An entertaining read—Capt’n Bob, Amazon Reviewer.

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