Conflict between Research and Ethics: The Tuskegee Syphilis Study Persuasive Essay by scribbler

Conflict between Research and Ethics: The Tuskegee Syphilis Study
A discussion on the Tuskegee syphilis study as a breach of medical ethics.
# 152988 | 1,267 words | 4 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on May 01, 2013 in Medical and Health (Medical Studies) , Ethics (General)


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The paper argues that the Tuskegee syphilis study is an example of how medical research and the treatment of a group of people as subhuman resulted in one of the most serious breaches of medical ethics in the United States in the 20th century. The paper describes how the government enlisted ill men, failed to share their diagnosis with the men, and falsely led them to believe that they were getting treatment. The paper explains the ethical need for informed consent for participation in a study and reveals that not only were these men not given information about their condition, but the researchers colluded with the doctors in the community to actively prevent the men from getting treatment. The paper also notes that this research had no benefits and it created an atmosphere of mistrust of the medical branches of the government, among many African Americans. This author then asserts that as a manager of the research, he would have rejected the proposal for the Tuskegee study and taken actions against those proposing or carrying out the research.

Outline:
Introduction
Informed Consent
Research with No Benefits
Lasting Impact of the Study
Potential Responsibilities of Management
Potential Roles of Ethics Committees
Personal Management Approach

From the Paper:

"Like many ethical breaches, the Tuskegee study began with good intentions. The study began as an effort to justify treatment of syphilis in blacks and before antibiotics were the standard treatment for syphilis. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Home, 2010). In 1926, syphilis was identified as a major health concern, impacting 35 percent of the reproductive-aged population. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Timeline, 2010). Perhaps more significant is that there was no antibiotic treatment for syphilis, instead an aggressive treatment of mercury and bismuth was used to treat syphilis. This treatment had an approximate 30 percent success rate, and could actually be fatal for patients (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Timeline, 2010). In addition, the treatment was very expensive, leading the government to end the treatment of blacks when the country is sinking into the Great Depression. The doctors that were treating these men did stop treating the men, but made the decision to document the impact that untreated syphilis had on health, with the goal of demonstrating that treatment was necessary. Sometime in the following years, the researchers crossed ethical boundaries, and by 1936, when the researchers decided to follow the men for their entire lifetimes, the researchers asked the doctors in the community to help them prevent the men from receiving treatment."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Brunner, B. (2008). The Tuskegee syphilis experiment. Retrieved November 15, 2010 from Free Republicwebsite: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2010486/posts
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2010). U.S. Public Health Service syphilis study at Tuskegee: Home. Retrieved November 15, 2010, from Centers for Disease Controlwebsite: http://www.cdc.gov/tuskegee/index.html
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2010). U.S. Public Health Service syphilis study at Tuskegee: Timeline. Retrieved November 15, 2010, from Centers for Disease Controlwebsite: http://www.cdc.gov/tuskegee/timeline.htm
  • Office of Research Support. (2009). Ethical principles (The Belmont report). Retrieved November 15, 2010, from Duke Universitywebsite: http://www.ors.duke.edu/researcher/federal-regulations

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