The Tuskegee Study Essay

1241 Words Apr 3rd, 2014 5 Pages
Lillian Acevedo
SOC 300
Prof. Dana Fenton
March 4, 2014
Ethics Reflection Assignment
Part A. The CITI Ethics Training spoke of both: Laud Humphreys, Tearoom Trade and the infamous Tuskegee Study. The Video, The Human Behavior Experiments, reported on the Milgram study on obedience and the Zimbardo Prison Experiment. Using one of these four studies as an example, explain how the study violated (or not) each of the three basic principles of research ethics: beneficence, justice and respect for persons, using materials from your CITI training, the ASA Code of Ethics and the Belmont Report. Before you use each concept, find the definition of the concept and quote and cite the definition adding clarification and/or explanation in your
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They were unlikely to understand the situation even if it was explained to them. Informed consent is when the medical expert ensures that the information about the medical procedures is comprehensive. It was clear that the consent was achieved by manipulation. They were used without their voluntary informed consent because they had no formal school education. They were exposed to a very painful spinal tap for treatment. They were also exposed to psychological stress and constant body piercing. When penicillin became available the subjects were never given a choice about continuing in the study. This is a violation of the respect for persons because these men didn’t enter into research voluntarily and with adequate information. “Scientism refers to the use of scientific method to acquire knowledge without regard for the ethical implications of such methods”. The medical industry used human subjects as a satisfaction to sheer acquisition of scientific knowledge. They used these autonomous human beings as guinea pigs through lies and manipulation. As a result of this they were getting tumors, heart disease, paralysis, blindness, insanity and death. Also, they were never told they had syphilis. These human beings should not be at all harmed psychologically as well as physically. They should feel no anxiety or distress during the study or after their involvement ends. (Violation of beneficence) “Whistle blowing

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