You were surprised by the Guatamalan thing? They did it to their own citizens too

Isobel - posted on 10/03/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Tuskegee syphilis experiment
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A doctor draws blood from one of the Tuskegee test subjects

The Tuskegee syphilis experiment[1] (also known as the Tuskegee syphilis study or Public Health Service syphilis study) was a clinical study conducted between 1932 and 1972 in Tuskegee, Alabama, by the U.S. Public Health Service. Investigators recruited 399 impoverished African-American sharecroppers with syphilis for research related to the natural progression of the untreated disease.[1]

The Public Health Service, working with the Tuskegee Institute, began the study in 1932. Nearly 400 poor black men with syphilis from Macon County, Ala., were enrolled in the study. For participating in the study, the men were given free medical exams, free meals and free burial insurance. They were never told they had syphilis, nor were they ever treated for it. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the men were told they were being treated for "bad blood," a local term used to describe several illnesses, including syphilis, anemia and fatigue.

The 40-year study was controversial for reasons related to ethical standards, primarily because researchers failed to treat patients appropriately after the 1940s validation of penicillin as an effective cure for the disease. Revelation of study failures led to major changes in U.S. law and regulation on the protection of participants in clinical studies. Now studies require informed consent (with exceptions possible for U.S. Federal agencies which can be kept secret by Executive Order[2]), communication of diagnosis, and accurate reporting of test results.[3]

By 1947 penicillin had become the standard treatment for syphilis. Choices might have included treating all syphilitic subjects and closing the study, or splitting off a control group for testing with penicillin. Instead, the Tuskegee scientists continued the study, withholding penicillin and information about it from the patients. In addition, scientists prevented participants from accessing syphilis treatment programs available to others in the area. The study continued, under numerous supervisors, until 1972, when a leak to the press resulted in its termination. Victims included numerous men who died of syphilis, wives who contracted the disease, and children born with congenital syphilis.[4]

The Tuskegee Syphilis Study, cited as "arguably the most infamous biomedical research study in U.S. history,"[5] led to the 1979 Belmont Report and the establishment of the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP).[6] It also led to federal regulation requiring Institutional Review Boards for protection of human subjects in studies involving human subjects. The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) manages this responsibility within the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).[7]

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Tah - posted on 10/03/2010

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@ laura i posted about this on ebony's thread thats why i was not shocked at all, i did a paper on it for sociology a few sememsters ago, i know what the goverment, any goverment is capable of...smh

Isobel - posted on 10/03/2010

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Oh, no...I don't think that America is the only country to do it...that would be ridiculous...I was just shocked that people seemed surprised by it, that's all.

Heather - posted on 10/03/2010

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I love that America is getting a bad wrap for doing experiments on people...The example you've sighted @Laura ?, is what led to America imposing oversite and the OHRP. One man in charge of this experiment did horrible things, he's the one responsible not "America". Every country in the world capapble of expanding their research and development has done tests on their countrymen or others without their knowledge. They've also done horrible things that have nothing to do with drug research or furthering science. An entire country shouldn't be judged by what a few people do.

Isobel - posted on 10/03/2010

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I don't know who believes in reparations and who doesn't...but if you believe that the descendants of the slaves deserve reparations, then I would think that these people's families deserve them too.

ps...I think these types of experiments have never stopped...they've just got smarter about keeping them quiet.

Sharon - posted on 10/03/2010

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I wasn't surprised.

I just wanted to chime in on the more appropriate actions part.

Sharon - posted on 10/03/2010

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Nope not surprised. Just wondered what other appropriate action was needed in addition to the apology.

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