The Tuskegee Experiment On Syphilis Essay

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The three research issues raised by the research now known as the Tuskegee experiment included informed consent, justice, and do not harm. In 1932, the Public Health Service (PHS) doctors working with the Tuskegee Institute did a study to collect data on syphilis for justifying treatments for blacks. The un-ethically justified study went on for forty years before the advisory panel stopped it. In other words, the knowledge gained did not outweigh the risk posed to the subjects (Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2013). In other words, the study did more harm than good since there was a known cure for syphilis. According to Gray (1998), penicillin was widely available as an effective cure for syphilis in the year 1940, but the doctors made an effort to ensure the men did not receive the medication. The PHS doctors conducted the study without the benefit of the patients ' informed consent. Informed consent is when the patient gives consent to participate in a research project after being informed of its procedures, risk and benefits (Escobedo, Guerrero, Lujan, Ramirez, & Serrano, n.d). The researcher withheld treatment from the men but told them they would receive treatment for syphilis. In fact, the men received free medical services in exchange for their cooperation (CDC, 2013). In addition to that, the PHS doctor’s informed local doctors to withhold medications altogether for any of the men who seek medical help (Gray, 1998). Similarly, withholding…

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