The Tuskegee 's Tuskegee Experiment

986 WordsOct 26, 20154 Pages
The Tuskegee Experiment, is one of the most well known blunders of United States medical research in the 20th century. Not only was it entirely unethical and inhumane, but it also highlighted the problems of racism and inequality in the medical world and the entire country at that time. By examining and reviewing the history, consequences, racism, results, and conclusion of the Tuskegee Experiment, it can perhaps shed some light on the barbaric events that transpired throughout the research. As stated in the article, The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, "In 1932, the American government, promised 400 African-American men free treatment for bad blood," (The Talking Drum). The experiment began in Mason County, Alabama, and was geared towards African-American men who were poor, uneducated, and most importantly likely to be sick with the sexually transmitted disease, syphilis. The men in the experiment usually referred to it as "bad blood" most likely due to the fact of not having the knowledge or resources to understand their own sicknesses. They used that term to describe many STDs and blood problems, such as anemia. Most of the men who were asked to participate in the government study of "bad blood" agreed solely because of the promise of free transportation, healthcare, and food. However, these patients would go on to never be treated for their syphilis, and instead just be used as human guinea pigs to gather date off of without their consent or knowledge. Many people
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