Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment Essay

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Business Research Ethics “The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment” Angela Catteruccia Business Research ~ RES/351 Charlene Dunfee February 20, 2013 There are many unethical behaviors that I found within the article I chose, “The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment.” The experiment took place in Macon County, Alabama 1930. This small community was selected as one of five syphilis-controlled demonstration programs. Endorsements for the program came from the Tuskegee Institute. “The demonstrations would provide training for private physicians, white and colored, in the elements of venereal disease treatments and the more extensive distribution of anti-syphilitic drugs and the promotion of wider use of state diagnostic laboratory facilities.” At the time of the experiment the county that was chosen had 27,000 residents of which 82% were of African-American descent. These residents were the poorest of the poor, residing in shacks with dirt floors, no running water, and barely…show more content…
Later, it was found that this experiment was not only unethical, but also against certain human rights. In 1907, there was a test that was developed known as the Wasserman blood test. This test would help doctors diagnose the disease. Some three years, a German scientist produced an arsenic compound named Salvarsan. This compound was developed to help treat the syphilis disease. The mixture also included mercury and this concoction was either injected or rubbed on the skin. The outcome of this treatment was often times resulted in serious reactions and even death. This specific treatment was a long and painful one that could potentially take more than a

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