STD Inoculation Studies in Guatemala

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An Exercise in Bioethics
A study by Reverby (2011) was carried out in Guatemala on prisoners to search for STDs cure was ethically wrong. According to the article, there had been a series of studies that were carried out on prisoners at Guatemala between 1946 and 1948. The purpose of the study was to find possible cures and preventive measures to diseases like gonorrhea, syphilis and chancroid. The research was carried out by inoculating the STDs into the prisoners and trying various treatment options.
The article demonstrates that the research had all the relevant medical agencies aware of all what was going on and that these medical agencies had provided their full support to John Cutler, who was the principal investigator of the
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The ethical issues that can be derived from this report are on whether the prisoners had given their consent to this study, and whether the report that is being released to the public really reflects the activities that were carried out. The reports that were provided on the same matter contained a lot of contradictory and inconsistent information and they bring about a lot of doubts. According to the media reports, Cutler, who was in charge of investigations, demonstrated a monstrous character by subjecting the prisoners with STDs, probably without their knowledge or consent.
In addition, the condition that was subjected to some of the prisoners during the study leaves a lot to be desired. The report is very important to the nursing practice as it helps in exposing some of the unethical practices that compromise on the reputation and moral standards that should be upheld by medical professionals. Carrying out secretive studies that expose individuals to serious diseases with little information about their consent spoils the reputation of the medical profession (Ulmer, & Liu, 2002). The nursing practice should ensure that all the activities and researches carried out have to be within the ethical and moral standards by encouraging transparency and accountability.
The Guatemala’s case was irresponsibly handled, leading to many individuals being left untreated and this may have influenced the

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