Criminal Justice Response: The Case Of The Tuskegee Syphilis Study Review

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Criminal Justice Response The case of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study was discovered by the press in 1972 (Brandt, 1978). According to the author Susan Reverby, the news article was titled “Syphilis Victims in U.S. Study Went Untreated for 40 years.” This article caused a major public outcry. People reacted negatively to the to the story, and compared the Tuskegee Study to genocide (Reverby, 2009). At this point, over 100 of the 600 test subjects had died from untreated syphilis (Brandt, 1978). The Department of Health Education and Welfare halted the experiment and initiated an investigatory panel. In 1973 the panel ruled that the experiment was unethical, and that treatment should have been provided (Brandt, 1978).
Then, in the summer of 1973
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According to an article written by Ralph V. Katz, 50.0% of blacks were less likely to participate in medical experiments. It was also stated in this article that even after hearing about President Clinton’s apology to the victims, 41.3% of blacks were less likely to participate in medical experiments (Katz et. al., 2008). Plus, the victims had to be compensated, and that cost the US government a total of 10 million dollars (The Tuskegee Timeline, 2017). The Tuskegee Study also made people aware of the ethical issues that occur in the health and research …show more content…
The objective of institutional review boards “is to conduct a risk-benefit analysis to determine if the…research should be carried out,” and make changes “to protect human subjects” (Petrosino & Mello, 2014). As long as IRBs are allowed to review research, human subjects will be safer when they participate in biomedical experiments. Additionally, professionals who unethically put humans in danger during experiments should be punished. For example, if the government chose not to sentence the doctors of the US Public Health Service, then their medical licenses should have been taken away. Plus, these doctors should have been removed from their positions, with measures taken to bar them from working at any other health care facility. The government cannot continue to leave government officials unpunished for harming people. It was outrageous that nothing was done to these doctors. The positive aspect that emerged out of the Tuskegee Study, was the awareness of ethical implications in the health sector. This awareness lead to the creation of policies that protect human

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