response paper 2 - not objects. The participants in were...

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Kevin Phipps February 11, 2008 TA: Sara Keene Response Paper #2 The Belmont Report was published April 18, 1979. The document outlines some basic ethics in the field of medical study, particularly the respect of persons, beneficence, and justice. The document was at least partially a response to the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, which concluded approximately 7 years prior to the publication of the document. In the study, 399 poverty- stricken, African-American males who had contracted syphilis were observed to study the progression of the disease if left untreated. They were told, however, that they were receiving medical care for the “bad blood” that they possessed. The men obediently followed the orders of the doctors, showing up to their “treatments” without any resistance. They had no idea that the entire study was for a different purpose. In no way did the study conform to the standards that the Belmont Report would later set. The first ethical principle, respect of the persons, requires subjects to be treated as people,
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Unformatted text preview: not objects. The participants in were clearly treated as things. The doctors took advantage of their economic and social status, as well as their lack of education, tricking them into participating in a study unknown to them. The safety of the men was taken into little account as they suffered through the disease. Second, the beneficence principal was violated as the benefits of the study clearly did not make up for the risk that they put the lives of the subjects through. Although syphilis may have been a major problem, it was clearly not worth the risk as another method would have proved much more beneficial. Finally, the study was obviously not just as subjects were lied to and denied treatment that was readily available. They participated in the study because they believed that they were receiving treatment, though in reality, they were not. Hopefully, the Belmont Report will prevent any such travesties from occurring....
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