Tuskegee Experiment

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Abstract The Tuskegee syphilis experiment was an infamous clinical study conducted between 1932-1972 in Macon Country, Alabama by the U.S Public Health Service. The purpose was 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; about four hundred African American men were denied. The doctors that were involved in this study had a shifted mindset; they were called “racist monsters”; “for the most part, doctors and civil servants simply did their jobs. Some merely followed orders, others worked for the glory of science” (Heller) The men that were used for the study got advantage of, especially those …show more content…

John Culter. Both of the Tuskegee studies were different for many reasons. The final Tuskegee study was final due to after the Great Depression. Many believed that it was directly targeted to African Americans because of their ethnicity. The Rosenwald Foundation for Black Community Development in the South was a charity that collaborated with U.S Public Health Service in order to detect syphilis, and after treat it in five different rural counties in the South. Whereas, Macon Country, had the highest rate of infection. Since the Great Depression hit, many African American couldn’t afford the medicine for the treatment for “bad blood”, it unaffordable for many. Dr, O. C. Wenger, a director of a clinic in Arkansas, played a role in the study. He advised, “We must remember we are dealing with a group of people who are illiterate, have no conception of time, and whose personal history is always indefinite.” (Brandt) The solution that Wenger made, made the African Americans’ feel compliant towards their “bad blood” since it was non-infectious. The final Tuskegee study had its overall purpose after 1931. At the beginning of the study Dr. Raymond H. Vonderlehr took over because Dr. Taliaferro Clark retired. Vonderlehr was in charge for selecting the subjects with the knowledge that these men would say yes to: “medical exams, rides to and from the clinics, meals on examination days, free treatment for ailments and


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