Essay: Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment
The Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment reveals about a1932 to 1972 period when the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) began a syphilis study project that involved 399 sharecroppers of Africa- American origin suffering from syphilis were left untreated whereas 201 African –Americans were used as a control experiment. The 399 African –Americans from Alabama at Macon County were left without any medical care intentionally and were deceived that they were being treated for “Bad Blood”, however, they were given free food, offered burial insurance as the medical personnel continued to use their bodies to carry out medical research. This continued until 1972 when it was reported that “Syphilis Victims in U.S. Study Went Untreated for 40 Years” (Reverby 116).
The book was written in order to reveal to the president the essence of apologizing to the victims of this atrocity, the Tuskegee community and the families of the victims. The victims were physically and morally injured by being subjected to long term suffering without being offered any treatment. The study resulted to disgrace to the community of Tuskegee. It also displayed how the American health professionals and the government exploited the African Americans. It is the above four reasons that required to president to apologize. The other reason for publishing of this novel is to enable the government to develop a strategy to overcome the adverse effects on the American medical providers caused by the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) in its study.
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