Deadly Deception Documentary Film

1145 WordsJan 31, 20185 Pages
Is human experimentation appropriate? Should people be given the right to informed consent if the research could result in possible harm? Is human experimentation in light of the Tuskegee study justified? These are just some of the questions that arose during the presentation of the film Deadly Deception. This film featured the government sponsored Tuskegee experiment and documents this forty year study of untreated syphilis in the black males of Macon County, Alabama. This review will examine the film Deadly Deception in light of the appropriateness of human experimentation and the right for informed consent as well as the different ethical and moral views that may arise as a response to what occurred. Deadly Deception is a documentary about one of the most, if not the most controversial human experimentation studies conducted in America. This film chronicles the Tuskegee experiment which began in 1932 and was carried out within a forty year time span of consistent experimentation. This study’s primary goal was to observe the effects of untreated syphilis on the human body over the course of a year for the sole purpose of eradicating the disease, but when it was discovered that a large proportion of the study’s population had syphilis, the objectives for the study changed. This study took place in Macon County, Alabama with 600 black male participants, 400 of which were infected with syphilis while the other 200 participants occupied the control (without syphilis). At the
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