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Tuskegee syphilis experiment

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS Discussion' started by beaverfury, Sep 29, 2014.

  1. beaverfury

    beaverfury beaverfury

    West Australia
    I couldn't believe it when I read this.

    No doubt many of you in the US are already aware of the-

    The Tuskegee syphilis experiment (/tʌsˈkiːɡiː/)[1] was an infamous clinical study conducted between 1932 and 1972 by the U.S. Public Health Service to study the natural progression of untreated syphilis in rural African American men who thought they were receiving free health care from the U.S. government.[1]

    The Public Health Service started working with the Tuskegee Institute in 1932. Investigators enrolled in the study a total of 600 impoverished sharecroppers from Macon County, Alabama. 399 of those men had previously contracted syphilis before the study began, and 201[2] did not have the disease. The men were given free medical care, meals, and free burial insurance, for participating in the study. 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 for various illnesses that include syphilis, anemia, and fatigue.

    By 1947, penicillin had become the standard treatment for syphilis. Choices available to the doctors involved in the study 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 without treating any participants and 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.[5] The victims of the study included numerous men who died of syphilis, wives who contracted the disease, and children born with congenital syphilis.
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  2. *GG*

    *GG* senior member

    Concord, NH
    Yes, and we also locked up the Japanese during WW2! Lets hope history does not repeat itself in these areas!

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  3. Valentijn

    Valentijn Senior Member

    I took a Coursera class recently on research for health practitioners, and that case was mentioned, along with a couple others. It started prior to there being any regulations on trials using human subjects, which came along after WWII in reaction to the experimentation that had been performed by the Nazis.

    So at that point (1946 or 1948?), informed consent was required, and the well-being of the patient should have been the primary concern. There have been more recent nasty trials, but the Tuskegee one stands out because it was conducted by the American government and it was killing American citizens by withholding treatment or even a diagnosis in some cases.

    President Clinton issued an apology, and at some point reparations were made on behalf of the victims. However, it's still an unpleasant reminder of how unethically people can behave if they are allowed to do so. One commonality in the unethical trials was that it took some mainstream media and widespread outrage to force the studies to halt.
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  4. wastwater

    wastwater Senior Member

    Dugway proving ground experiment first stop lake Tahoe/incline village
  5. Ren

    Ren .

    Karina Hansen
    See also post 31,, especially reference 3 (post 24),19289.15.html, post #21

    US medical research on children who are wards of the state

    Cervical cancer screening trials in India spark controversy

    GSK fined over vaccine trials; 14 babies reported dead$1m-over-tests-that-killed-14--babies

    Unethical human experimentation in the United States

    Human experimentation in North Korea / Camp 22

    Medical experimentation in Africa

    Canada's nutrition experiments on First Nations

    Vipeholm experiments, Sweden

    Compulsory sterilization, Worldwide

    Poison laboratory of the Soviet secret services

    Japan - Unit 731 / the Anti-Epidemic Water Supply and Purification Bureau
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  6. Strawberry

    Strawberry Senior Member

    Seattle, WA USA
    I can remember when I was about 13 we watched a film in health class. It was about salmonella, and was filmed in military barracks. It showed food prep in the kitchen, food being served to the soldiers, soldiers eating in the cafeteria, and then later them all running to the bathroom to get sick. It was not recreated. I suddenly realized that the military had used these poor soldiers as lab rats. I was pretty disgusted with the military at that moment. STILL AM.

    I feel the world is ruled by psychopaths and sociopaths. !!!
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  7. Iquitos

    Iquitos Senior Member

  8. Ren

    Ren .


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