The Ethical Ethics Of The Tuskegee Syphilis Study

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Over the years human experiments has developed the knowledge of human physiology and psychology. However, the use of human’s subject in research have to become a controversial issue in our society. It has become a debatable questions whether it’s ethical or not. There has to be a limit to where certain experiments can be implemented on humans such as trials for drugs and social experiments. There are moral principles that guides our research into deciding what is “right or wrong”. This principles is governed by two philosophical theory which is deontology and utilitarianism. However, they need to balance the risk and benefit for the participant associated with the research. This paper will not only focus on the breach of ethical conduct of human experimentation but also introduce different views from Henry Beecher and Jay Katz about the ethics in human research. One of the human experimentation study that breach ethical conduct is the Tuskegee syphilis study, which was conducted in 1932 in Macon County, Alabama. Medical researcher recruited African American male subjects diagnosed with syphilis, they targeted people from poor and rural counties. The main purpose of the study was to acquire information about the natural history of untreated syphilis. The United States public health service “initiated a program to diagnose and treat 10, 000 African American for syphilis “1(pg 212). But unfortunately they didn’t have enough money for the treatments. The main problem with

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