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Unethical Medical Ethics: The Story of HeLa

Submitted by mkomtangi on Mon, 04/02/2018 - 14:46

The Tuskegee syphilis study was conducted in 1932 and involved 600 black men, 399 who contracted syphilis and 201 who did not have the disease, they were persuaded to participate in the study by the Public Health Service who provide free meals and medical examinations for participants as they were testing for “bad blood”. However this was not true at all, there were no medical services provided to the men who participated in the experiment and hundreds died slow and painful deaths even after penicillin was discovered to be the best treatment for syphilis, none of the men were ever offered the one drug that could have saved their lives.