Analysis Of The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment

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Human subjects are an essential part of conducting research intended to improve human health. The ethics in scientific research is critical and the relationship between the researchers and human subjects should be based on honesty, trust, and respect. In the following cases of “The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment” and the Guatemalan “Normal Exposure” and Inoculation Syphilis Experiment, went against all ethics of research. The Tuskegee experiment was a study of the effects of untreated Syphilis in over 400 Black men from Macon County Alabama. The Public Health Service (PHS) Researchers 6-month non-treatment of Syphilis study turned into 40 years of research of black experimental subjects rather than treatment for the disease. The Guatemalan experiment …show more content…
The subjects of the Tuskegee experiment already had syphilis, whereas the subjects of the Guatemalan experiment were given the diseases as part of the study. These experiments were supposed to acquire scientific information that was deemed important in regard to syphilis. The purpose of the Tuskegee study was to observe the natural progression of untreated syphilis of the Negro male. These men who were already infected with syphilis were never told they had the disease, and were not given a cure. The PHR knowingly withheld treatment in the name of science that could have saved hundreds of lives. Alternatively, the goal of the Guatemalan study was supposed to determine the effect of penicillin for the prevention and treatment of syphilis. The subjects in this study were infected with the disease, given treatment and then re-infected and was never made aware of what was taken place. Research ethics states, subjects in a research project must be aware that their participation in the study is voluntary and that they are not harmed as a result of their participation or non- participation in the project (Bhattacharjee ). Dr. John Cutler directed the Guatemalan study and later was one of the leaders of the Tuskegee …show more content…
According to an article written by Antoni Darder, Racism in a Medically Segregated World, “Consequently, poor and working-class communities of color have been subjected to health disparities tied to medical issues of authority and control, and afforded none or little voice or authority in their own health-care decision-making, whether at the national or local level. In many instances, low-income patients of color only receive palliative care, due to either lack of access to state of the art medical treatment or the fact that they do not come in for treatment until the late stages of an illness (Darder, 2015). Scientist, Government and Physicians have an obligation to answer difficult questions regarding racism and how it has impacted medicine and society in the past and present. These type of studies as well as others are the reason many still fear the thought Immunizations and being injected with a

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