Tuskegee Today | Jessica Cussins

August 8, 2014 11:40 PM

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The notoriety of the Tuskegee syphilis study is unparalleled in the field of bioethics. Last week marked the 42nd anniversary of the horrific experiment's termination, and many people took the opportunity to recall Tuskegee and examine its relevance to the treatment of human research subjects today.

Half a century ago, what the U.S. Public Health Service did in Tuskegee was considered acceptable medical practice. Its researchers willingly endangered the lives of hundreds of African-American men in rural Alabama, leading them to believe that they were being treated for "bad blood." They could ha...

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