The United States Government Supports Syphilis!!!! Or does it???? This can not be too much of a far fetch idea considering the United States Public Health Services conducted a study with Tuskegee Institute between 1932 and 1972. Yes, that is FORTY YEARS. It actually went unnoticed for the forty years. The point of the research was to see the damage that syphilis will do if left untreated. At the time the only effects were blindness; deafness; degeneration of the heart, bones and central nervous system; insanity; and death.
Six hundred black men were selected for the experiment in Alabama. They were promised free transportation to the hospital, free medical treatment for diseases other than syphilis, and free burial. The cherry on top was they did not receive clear explanations of the possible harm the disease could cause them if untreated.
Over the total six hundred men one-third of them never developed syphilis. One-third received treatment which at that time included arsenic-mercury (which was treatment before penicillin was discovered). The final one-third received no medical treatment.
The United States government according to our constitution purpose is
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America”
The government is suppose to establish justice. Was there justice with this experiment? The government is suppose to insure domestic tranquility. Was thee domestic tranquility in this experiment?The government is suppose to promote the general welfare. Was there general welfare with this experiment? The government has an obligation to its citizens which it did not meet.
During this same time period the United States government was a hypocrite. This is because Nazi doctors were performing similar barbarities on their inmates of concentration camps. During the Nuremberg trials after World War II the United States along with its allies found those doctors to be performing “crimes against humanity”. What justifies the United States to allow it’s own citizens perform and be victim to something that is “inhumane” for another country?
The researches in no way did any better. Researchers had three main obligations they should have considered when planning this experiment. The first would be the obligation as physicians to care for the patients. The second being their obligations to justice, which includes respecting human beings. And finally an obligation as researchers to serve mankind by seeking cures for deadly diseases.
In 1997 President Clinton apologized to the five survivors of the experiment as you can see in my video. Was this enough from the government? What else could they have done?