The Tuskegee Syphilis Study

TitleThe Tuskegee Syphilis Study
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsDuBois, JM
PublisherEthics in Mental Health Research
KeywordsHuman Research Subjects , Informed Consent , MEDICINE , PSYCHOLOGY , SCIENCE
AbstractFrom 1932 through 1972, the U.S. Public Health Service enrolled African-American men in a non-therapeutic research study to observe the natural course of syphilis. Subjects were not told they had syphilis, nor were they treated for syphilis or any secondary problems. The study continued even after penicillin became the standard treatment for syphilis in the 1940’s and was not ended until 1972, when a public health official went to the press.
OEC Unique IdentifierEthics in Mental Health Research, Case Studies
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