Tuskegee Experiment Research Paper

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Critical Thinking Essay The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment and the Nuremberg Code should be looked at rather comparatively. The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment researches the effects of the disease syphilis, and is carried out by the United States Public Health Service, and the Nuremberg Code is written mostly by the US Government. When the code was made into law in the late 1940's, the Tuskegee incident was clearly in violation, yet it carried on for two more decades. Some could argue that for 20 years, the US Government was breaking it's own rules, while others could counter by saying that knowledge of the experiment wasn't sufficiently 'far up' in terms of governmental rankings to put full blame on the government as a whole, but instead on…show more content…
But as soon as the Nuremberg Codes came into effect, it was in clear violation, yet carried on for decades more. The experiment violated clearly violated several points of the Nuremberg Code, yet the USPHS still condoned it. It was only until the experiment gained public knowledge in the 1970's that it was finally shut down. Many government programs came out of this incident, such as the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), in order to prevent future government wrong-doings and to satisfy the general public's basic moral codes towards human treatment. What does the relationship of the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment and the Nuremberg Codes mean for future government programs or laws? The possibility arises that the rules set by the author may not always be followed by the author, whether intentionally or unintentionally. Perhaps programs such as the OHRP are only created to set standards and satisfy the basic moralities of the public, but when it comes down to it, don't necessarily limit the actions of the creating governments. Things like this are very possible for US Federal Agencies which can be kept secret by Executive

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