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Chapter 6

Sociology 1020 Chapter Notes - Chapter 6: Syphilis, Penicillin

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SOC 1020
Kim Luton

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Chapter 6: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment
3 October 2011
- between 1932-1972, the US Public Health Serve conducted an experiment on 399
black males in the late stages of syphilis
- they were from the poor parts of Alabama, and were never informed about the disease
they had
- they looked at their dead bodies to see how they died (heart disease, blindness,
insanity, ect.)
- they needed to have their co-operation
- none of the research was used to help cure syphilis
- 28 died of syphilis
- 40 of these men’s spouses got syphilis
- 18 of these men’s children got syphilis
- they were prescribed with remedies, but 3% only showed improvement
- the idea of the study was to see if black men with syphilis different from white men
- they were not allowed any treatment (i.e. penicillin)
- US President Bill Clinton said sorry for this test in 1993
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