Tuskegee Syphilis Study



The field of medicine has benefited tremendously from human research and experimentation. Yet, these advances have come at a cost. There have been many incidences in which individuals used in research studies were treated unfairly and harmed. One historically relevant incident was called the Tuskegee Syphilis Study. This federally funded study was initiated in 1932 in Macon County, Alabama by the US Public Health Service to address the epidemic of syphilis.

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Suggested Resources

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2010, September 16). Sexually transmitted diseases: Syphilis–CDC fact sheet. Retrieved January 30, 2012 from http://www.cdc.gov/std/syphilis/stdfact-syphilis.htm
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2011, June 15). U.S. Public Health Service Syphilis Study at Tuskegee. Retrieved January 30, 2012 from http://www.cdc.gov/tuskegee/timeline.htm
  3. Office of Human Research Protections. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/index.html
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.John Carroll UniversitySouth EuclidUSA

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