The Unethical Issues of the Tuskegee Study Essay

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In 1929, there were good intentions to help the African Americans. The Julius Rosenwald Fund tried to improve the health illnesses of African Americans by approaching representatives of the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS). Unfortunately, the Great Depression did not allow for this study to happen because it hit the Fund hard. Since there were no more funds, Dr. Taliaferro Clark, Chief of the USPHS Venereal Disease Division and author of the Rosenwald Study report, suggested that the treatment study could be partly saved by conducting a new study. This study became known as “Study of Untreated Syphilis in Males.” The U.S. Public Health Service conducted this new experiment study which consisted of 399 men with syphilis and 201 men…show more content…
Many of the healthcare workers such as doctors strongly believed that there was a racial difference in the symptoms of diseases. The white doctors often thought that African Americans “contracted syphilis because of their ever-increasing low standards of sexual morality” (24). The participants had to be men about twenty five years of age with syphilis who had not been treated for the disease. It was quite simple to gather a group of people in Macon County because it was a poor community with bad hygiene. Many men who participated in this study have never seen a doctor in their life which willingly made them to be part of this study. The African Americans did not know about the healthcare terms and were taken advantage of by white doctors who contributed to this study. In fact, the doctors had no intention in helping the participants to be cured from syphilis. Syphilis is a disease that is sexually transmitted that can cause serious difficulties such as death if it is not treated. If you treat it with penicillin, it is simple to cure. There are three stages of this disease. The first stage is the primary stage; during this stage a person may notice a single sore or a couple and it is usually painless. During the second stage people start to get rashes or sores in different areas such as the mouth, vagina, or anus. The Latent and Late Stages starts to settle in when all of the symptoms that a person had
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