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This paper discusses how, between the years 1932 and 1972, the U.S. public Health Service (PHS) conducted an experiment on 399 black men in the late stages of syphilis in which the men did not receive treatment, were not told of the experiment, or even that they had the disease. The paper discusses how this experiment violated the ethical standards regarding human subjects in research even during that time period and how it can be considered one of the most racist, inhumane, and unethical human experiments ever conducted in the United States.
From the Paper:"This experiment violated the ethical standards regarding human subjects in research even during that time period. In 1943, less than 10 years after the study began The Henderson Act was passed that required medical treatment to humans for venereal diseases, but the experimenters continued to not tell their clients that they had syphilis or that their was a cure. At the start of the study, there was no proven treatment for syphilis. But even after penicillin became a standard cure for the disease in 1947, the medicine was withheld from the men because the Tuskegee scientists wanted to continue to study how the disease spreads and kills (NPR, 2002). Even at the start of the experiment many ethical issues could have been brought up by the researchers such as why human lives were being sacrificed when no empirical evidence about syphilis was being found. The researchers had no reason to continue the study for forty years."
Sample of Sources Used:
- American Psychological Association. (2002). Ethical principles of psychologists. Retrieved November 8, 2005 from http://www2.apa.org/ethics/code2002.doc.
- Center for Disease Control. (2005). Syphilis information. Retrieved November 7, 2005 from http://www.cdc.gov/nchstp/od/tuskegee/syphilis.htm.
- National Public Radio. (2002). AIDS conspiracy strong amongst U.S. Blacks. Retrieved November 8, 2005 from http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4468151.
- National Public Radio. (2002). Remembering Tuskegee: Syphilis study still provokes disbelief, sadness. Retrieved November 7, 2005 from http://www.npr.org/programs/morning/features/2002/jul/tuskegee/
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Tuskegee Experiment (2008, September 05) Retrieved March 12, 2014, from http://www.academon.com/term-paper/tuskegee-experiment-107518/
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