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Tuskagee Experiment

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In 1932, the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) initiated an experiment in Macon County, Alabama, to determine the syphilis outbreak in African Americans. The intent of the experiments known as the Tuskegee Experiments was to figure out and study the outbreak of syphilis within black males, females, and children. Within the experiment, there were 600 people, in which 399 people, part of the experimental group, who had the disease and another 201 who did not. The 201 were there for a control group to see what the treatments, if any were to be given, would affect a healthy human being.
In order to agree that studies and exams for be given, consent must be written or given. Unfortunately, seeming most of the clients were illiterate, meaning they could not read and/or write, it was passed off as an informal consent. The consent agreed that the enrolled would receive meals of treatment days, rides to and home from the clinics, and free medical exams. The most important consent agreement was that if the client died, the cost of burial would be covered by the government and the study doctors. It was one of the most important agreements, because besides the illiteracy in the black men, most were sharecroppers and were poor and could not afford the insurance. So having free burial coverage, the men in pain with the disease, could have a free passage way so their death would not impair or damage their families.
The clinics that kept interest in the patients, the doctors gave men a mercurial ointment, a non-effective drug, while some men received inadequate doses of neoarspemamine. The doctors feared that if the clients did not receive any treatment, they would quit the study.   In the end result, about 30 percent of the original experiment group dies due to directly from syphilitic lesions of the either cardiovascular or the central nervous system.
Syphilis is a chronic bacterial disease that is contracted chiefly by infection during sexual intercourse, but also...


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