Tuskegee Experiment Essay

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Abstract The Tuskegee syphilis experiment was an infamous clinical study conducted between 1932-1972 in Macon Country, Alabama by the U.S Public Health Service. The purpose was to study the natural progression of untreated syphilis in rural African American men who thought they were receiving free health care from the U.S government; about four hundred African American men were denied. The doctors that were involved in this study had a shifted mindset; they were called “racist monsters”; “for the most part, doctors and civil servants simply did their jobs. Some merely followed orders, others worked for the glory of science” (Heller) The men that were used for the study got advantage of, especially those …show more content…
(Tuskegee University) Out of the 600 African American men, the United States Public Health Service refused to treat 399 of the men who were diagnosed with syphilis with late stage. From these men, “perhaps more than 100 had died directly from advanced syphilitics lessons.” (Brandt) From the Tuskegee University, it’s stated that the doctors and researches used the excuse of bad blood in order to get men participating. The Central American study, was the original international study, and the Tuskegee study was a contrast on their human subjects. Dr. J. E. Moore called the Oslo Study “a never to be repeated human experiment”. The Oslo Study was the first study that had white male participants only, which were cure rapidly compare to the other two studies. Since Guatemala was a low-income country the Public Health Services targeted them, and took full advantage of the men. A dissimilarity between the studies was that, Guatemala was that when the participants failed to attract the disease, the doctors would inoculate the disease purposely onto the skin whether it was from scratching or a spinal tap injection. (Reverby, 2010) In the Tuskegee study, the African Americans, were targeted purposely because of their lack of education and their need of medical care. Since U.S Public Health Service are superior than all the African Americans that were a participant they took over their lives for a short-term of period, just for the benefit for the U.S Public Health
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