Tuskegee Syphilis Paper

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Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment
University of Phoenix

Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment The Tuskegee Syphilis experiment was a 40 years study from 1932 to 1972 in Tuskegee, Alabama. The experiment was conducted on a group of 399 impoverished and illiterate African American sharecroppers. This disease was not; however revealed to them by the US Government. They were told they were going to receive treatment for bad blood. The study proved to be one of the most horrendous studies carried out that disregarded the basic ethical principles of conduct. It symbolized medical and disregard for human life. Standard medical treatment at the time were toxic, dangerous and, often time questionable in respect to effect. Some of the studies
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The theory was that whites experienced more neurological complications were as blacks were more susceptible to cardiovascular damage (Gray, 1998). How this knowledge would change treatment is still uncertain. For the participating faculty and those affiliated with it, they were given educational advantages to study a disease not yet explored to help doctors advance studies and research. Nurses during this period were taught never to diagnose, never prescribe and always follow instructions from doctors.

The Tuskegee study can be compared in a sense to the human medical experiments done outside of Nazi Germany. This study involved similar degradation of human dignity, and the in-human medical experimentation done on human life. All Tuskegee study was performed on the black. Through the efforts of Jean Heller, the American Public was informed of these studies and the terribly wrong by the PHS officials against the black men. Under a closer examination by the press, the PHS cannot provide a formal protocol for these experiments and research because they never existed. By the time these studies has been release, hundreds of infected black men died, others were still suffering syphilis related conditions. By 1946, penicillin was a known treatment for this disease, but because of late treatment many of those still alive died.

In 1973, a prominent civil rights lawyer, Fred Gray, filed a lawsuit against the

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