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Latest Tuskegee syphilis experiment Stories

2010-10-08 14:13:56

Findings from the past have implications for research in the future The researcher whose revelations about unethical U.S. studies on syphilis in Guatemala in the 1940's led to apologies from the Obama administration last week has written a commentary for Bioethics Forum, the Hastings Center's online publication. She calls for the need to learn from history to better protect human subjects in the developing world. Susan M. Reverby, a professor at Wellesley College, describes how she unearthed...

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2010-10-03 07:00:00

The U.S. government has apologized for deliberately infecting hundreds of people in Guatemala with gonorrhea and syphilis as part of medical tests over 60 years ago. None of the people studied, who were mentally ill patients and prisoners, consented to the research. Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom accused the U.S. of the "crimes against humanity." U.S. President Barack Obama called Colom to apologize and said the acts ran contrary to American values. Syphilis causes heart problems,...

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2008-01-15 06:10:00

Many African-American patients refuse to join medical studies because they fear they will be lied to and harmed by scientists who view them as human guinea pigs, according to a study by Johns Hopkins researchers. Confirming the observations of many researchers, the study might explain why clinical trials of new therapies fail to enroll enough black participants -- and why trials might fail to predict how blacks will react to new drugs and medical devices. Incidents such as the Tuskegee...

2005-06-30 14:25:00

Knowledge of the Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male (Tuskegee Study) does not increase distrust in medical care, according to researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Most of those surveyed were unaware of the Tuskegee Study and, of those who had heard of it, most could not accurately answer multiple-choice questions about the study. The researchers also found that African-Americans were significantly more likely than whites to be mistrustful...