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Tuskegee Syphilis Study In 1932, the public health service along Tuskegee Institute in Macon County, Alabama conducted a study of syphilis. The study’s subjects were 600 black males, 399 who has the disease and 201 without the disease. The project name was Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male. The study, which James Jones has described as the longest nontherapeutic experiment on a human being in medical history.
Unethical Research “Deception occurs when the participants are told only part of the truth or when the truth is fully compromised”. (Cooper, 2011) The unethical study was also deemed unconstitutional and in some ways as heinous as a hate crime. The misrepresentation of the actual focus of the program, the disregard of human life, and the actual infecting of human beings. We must also realize that this experiment took place in the rural south when segregation was an acceptable way of life. The fact that blacks were considered not equal so nobody would question the experiments validity or the intentions of the doctors in charge of the research. The men participating were misled by doctors by saying they were being treated for bad blood a general diagnosis given by doctors that could include a variety of common illness. The men were given free funerals, meals, and examinations. These examinations were not treating the disease but were deceptive in nature. Some speculate that the men were actually infected with the disease by the study administrators. “Like many other examples of unethical research, the study reveals how government officials deceive, how methods to protect human beings fail, and how research exploits human beings.” (Jecker, 2003) The study was intended to last one half year and was on-going for 40. These men were used in experiments such as the punctures that doctors administered to the subjects spines. The doctors…...

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