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ph law ethics 11.21

ph law ethics 11.21 - a cure o Tuskegee Study continued...

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11/21/11 Tuskegee Study One compromising characteristic was the underlying racism of the study o Assumed that syphilis was a natural condition within the African American population; assumed that African American men were more promiscuous o Assumption of socioeconomic condition (illiterate, poor people) Usually a written protocol would be provided, including population for study, reasons for inclusion and exclusion…etc.; not provided in this study o Absence of protocol makes it difficult to see what the real motives were o Not clear what was motivating researchers because there was already a great deal of knowledge about the natural path of syphilis o Subtext of racism Oslo Study- study of syphilis in white males; was stopped once penicillin was discovered as
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Unformatted text preview: a cure o Tuskegee Study continued even though penicillin was known as a cure o Prevailing view was that syphilis presented itself differently in black males when compared to white males • Researchers carried out spinal taps to study participants; very painful and dangerous procedure that can lead to paralysis and other conditions o Was of no valuable use to this study; no justification • Reasons for conducting autopsies after death of participants: o Clinical observations are different from pathological observations in medicine o Statements made about the study make it hard to understand why the study continued for so long Researchers were aware that their study did not provide any useful information about the disease or a cure for it...
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