Unformatted text preview: (This is a true story). In 1932, the U.S. Public health Service conducted an experiment on African-American men in rural Alabama who already tested positive for syphilis. The stated purpose of this experiment was to learn how syphilis affects African-American males when it goes untreated. These participants where randomly selected into a group who received no treatment and another group who received some treatments. Those in the no treatment group where not informed that they were not receiving treatment. They were told they were being treated for bad blood. This experiment went on for 40 years. During the course of this experiment, of those in the no treatment group, 28 died directly of syphilis, 100 died of complications with syphilis (e.g., leaky heart valves), 40 of their wives were infected, and 19 children were born with congenital syphilis. Penicillin, a sure cure for the disease, was discovered a few years after the experiment began and was standardized and easily available in the...
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