In 1932 the federal government commenced a medical study called The Tuskegee Study of Untreated Blacks with Syphilis in Macon County, Alabama. Four hundred and twelve men infected with the disease were selected for the study that faked long term treatment while really only giving placebos and liniments. The goal of this study was to determine if blacks reacted similar to the whites to the effects of the syphilis disease. After forty years it was discontinued and the Senate initiated an investigation of the study. At the time of the investigation, only one hundred and twenty-seven of the study’s original participants were still alive and had not died from the disease (Morehan, 2007). In the film, the story is told from the view point of
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Miss Evers compares her struggle with her ethical and moral beliefs and the unethical issues presented in the study as climbing a series of mountains. Her challenge as presented in the film depicted her as a victim of the study instead of one that inflicted harm, because throughout the film she was seen as one who sacrificed the best years of her life to act as an emotional caring support system for the participants taking part in the study.
The movie progress through a series of flashback describing what transpired during the forty years she was involved in the study. In the beginning, Miss Evers supported the goal of the initial plan, which was to provide care and treatment to those suffering from syphilis. She believed that “it was the dawn of a new day”, and she was excited that the government had send her patients and her city the best funding and medical support available. She was enthused by it and did an awesome job gathering patients to seek treatment. Miss Evers was also able to convince a long lost school mate Caleb and his friends who named their folk music and dance band after her, Miss Evers’ Boys to come and provide samples to be tested. As the film progressed, it revealed that all of Miss Evers’ Boys were tested positive for the syphilis disease. At this point in the movie, active treatment was provided to all