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Keona Waller SO365 May 18, 2017 Prof. Gehl “Deadly Deception” The original intent of the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment was to treat everyone who was infected with the STD Syphilis. The people of Megan County Alabama were originally told that they were receiving treatment for the disease Syphilis also called “bad blood”, and the government kept their word to treat the people for a brief period. There were only 1,400 treated and many of those who were treated did not receive the full treatment; this occurring because the funds ran out to continue treating the poor men and women in Alabama, so the treatment came to a stop. The treatment turned to a research study in 1932, when it was purposed that instead of treating the men of Megan County, there could be a beneficial outcome of information by studying the long-term effect that Syphilis had on the body of African American males. This research would clear up whether Syphilis was the same in black men as it was in white men. The men of Megan County were deceived and believed that they were being helped and they weren’t.
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