Case Study 3: The Tuskegee Syphilis Study

TitleCase Study 3: The Tuskegee Syphilis Study
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsPritchard, MS, Goldfarb, T
Corporate AuthorsNational Academy of Engineering, OEC
ReporterEthics in the Science Classroom
PublisherNational Academy of Engineering, Online Ethics Center
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsBIOLOGY , Human Research Subjects , Informed Consent , MEDICINE , SCIENCE
AbstractThe subject group was composed of 616 African-American men, 412 of whom had been diagnosed as having syphilis, and 204 controls. The participants were never explained the true nature of the study. Not only were the syphilitics among them not treated for the disease , but those few who recognized their condition and attempted to seek help from PHS syphilis treament clinics were prevented from doing so. A panel of prominent physicians was convened by the PHS in 1969 to review the Tuskegee study. The PHS in 1966, the panel's recommendation that the Study continue without significant modification was accepted.
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