The Tuskegee Experiment: An Introduction in Ethics for Pre-Healthcare Professional Students

TitleThe Tuskegee Experiment: An Introduction in Ethics for Pre-Healthcare Professional Students
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsMiranda, Jr., D, Sanchez, DJesse
JournalJournal of Microbiology & Biology Education
Volume15
Issue2
Pagination232-234
Date Published12/2014
ISSN Number1935-7885
AbstractOver the past years, professional students have had extensive exposure to clinical cases during basic science classes. With this in mind, we have taken this clinical case exposure moment to be an opportune time to introduce the ethics of working with patients during biomedical research. Our goal is to present a straightforward assignment that allows for active student research into the facts of the Tuskegee Experiment of the 1900s. The assignment provides the necessary background to allow for a student-centered discussion on the ethical issues of the events and ramifications of what happened. Thus, in educating a class on the event’s happenings, one concomitantly creates a platform for meaningful discussion on the principles and ethics of patient care. We have found that an ethics-infused event such as the Tuskegee Experiment is an excellent way to introduce students to these topics.
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1128/jmbe.v15i2.781
DOI10.1128/jmbe.v15i2.781

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