Taking a Look at the Tuskegee Project

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The Tuskegee Project In the 1920’s and 1930’s syphilis was very prevalent and feared among most populations. The U.S. Public Health Service wanted to learn more about this disease and they launched six pilot projects in poor southern communities. One project was conducted in Macon County, Alabama. This project, called the Tuskegee study, was a clinical study of untreated syphilis in negro males. The Tuskegee project was meant to discover ways to improve quality care for the black community. This initiative aimed at achieving greater knowledge of syphilis spanned the course of forty years, from 1932 through 1972, before it was stopped based on ethical dilemmas. The Tuskegee Project was initially a six month study of untreated syphilis. It progressed to a long term, open-ended research study set up and authorized by the United States Public Health Service. The Tuskegee Institute, a historically black college in Alabama, depended on the financial backing from the federal government. When the Public Health Service came and asked for help in 1932, the University agreed to participate in a study collecting information about black males from Macon County, Alabama. This study involved 600 black men; 399 who had syphilis, and 201 who did not and served as the control group. These men became test subjects. Testing was conducted by government doctors. The doctors advertised how these males would have the chance to be special government patients. The goal was to learn more
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