Untreated Syphilis Study

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In 1932, the United States Public Health Service initiated a research study to determine the natural progression of untreated syphilis in African-American males in Macon County, Alabama. This experiment which lasted from 1932 to 1972 comprised of 412 men with untreated syphilis and 204 uninfected men who served as the controls. This study of “untreated syphilis in the Negro male,” is a tragic, nontherapeutic experiment in research which has violated multiple ethical principles and human rights.
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