Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment Paper

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History is full of proof of unethical research studies that would not have passed today’s ethical standards. The paper is to show unethical studies, that is, the Tuskegee Syphilis experiment of 1932 to 1972. I choose this experiment because it’s one that I hold near and dear to my heart as I have met a great granddaughter to one of the men who was involved. It explores the ethical violations experienced by participants of the study. The paper also designs a study to address the ethical breaches of the Tuskegee Syphilis experiment. The paper attempts to prove that the Tuskegee Syphilis experiment of 1932 to 1972 in Macon County, Alabama was in violation of modern day ethical standards (Perkiss, 2008). It led to unjustified consequences such as the loss of life of participants and long term effects on their families and passed down to generation.
The Tuskegee Syphilis Study The research was conducted in Macon County, Alabama. It involved 600 African-American men participants. Of these, 399 of them had syphilis while 201 did not have the disease (Perkiss, 2008, p.77). The aim of the study was to determine the likely route of untreated syphilis among African-American men. The men were told that the study was to test the bad blood. The type of men involved in the study was sharecroppers with not much money to feed their families, poorly educated,
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The lack of the participant’s informed consent on the purpose of the study and the deception by researchers resulted in the loss of lives of participants. It also caused the spread of the disease in participant's wives and children. However, the study did not go unnoticed. Consequently, after its detection, the Belmont Report and other contemporary ethical codes of conduct were enacted to prevent similar unethical research in the future. Hopefully, these guidelines are enough to deter the occurrences of similar unethical