Testing Limits: Preventing Past Mistakes from Becoming the Future

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Advancements in medical technology can be associated in great part to human experimentation. It is widely known that medicine created for humans, in order to be proven effective, must undergo human clinical trials. When this form of experimentation is voluntary it benefits all of humanity. It just so happens that unfortunately, sometimes volunteers are misinformed of the dangers of the trial or are tested without their knowledge. This world wide issue has been attempted to be remedied through laws and regulations, but loopholes can still be found within them. Time has proved to the world that these laws are simply not enough. Stricter laws should be enacted to prevent the world's history of unethical human experimentation from repeating…show more content…
During the time those trials had taken place, they were seen as necessary and appropriate because the tests were carried out against minority groups such as the mentally ill, African Americans, and the impoverished. (Stobbe)
Recently the Guatemalan syphilis study has been resurfaced. Five survivors of the trials have recently come forth to be examined for any latent effect of the trials. This reappearance has evoked a new public interest in the issue. More information on the trials has been revealed, Anita Allen of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical issues stated that "The researchers put their own medical advancement first and human decency a far second.”
The idea of the research being unusually cruel is becoming more popular since the trials reemergence. Perhaps some of the most shocking aspects of the syphilis trials is the victims on which it hinged upon. Prisoners, the mentally ill, prostitutes, and even soldiers were tested on without full knowledge of why; eighty three people died afterward although it is still unclear whether it was because of the trials. This information has been confidential until recent papers were discovered, and now more than ever the public can see what really happened during the prime of unethical human experimentation. The President of the United States, Barack Obama, has apologized to the Guatemalan government and now the world awaits the conclusion of the survivor's examination.
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