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Twenty years after. The legacy of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study. Outside the community

Edgar, Harold (1992) Twenty years after. The legacy of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study. Outside the community. The Hastings Center Report, 22 (6). pp. 32-35.

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Twenty years ago, when the Washington Star told the public that the United States Public Health Service had, since 1932, maintained a study of untreated syphilis in the Negro male that was still going on, my reaction was, How could people have done this? I later worked on the participants' lawsuit, and I learned of the study's many complexities. In the end, though, the best explanation of "how" it could have happened is the obvious one: the researchers did not see the participants as part of "their" community or, indeed, as people whose lives could or would be much affected by what the researchers did.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Tuskegee Syphilis Study; untreated syphilis in the Negro male; community
Subjects: Health > Health Equity > Bioethics
Health > Public Health
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Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2008
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2012 22:13
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/1091

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