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Panel Hears Grim Details of Venereal Disease Tests

McNeil, Donald G. (2011) Panel Hears Grim Details of Venereal Disease Tests. New York Times. (Unpublished)

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Gruesome details of American-run venereal disease experiments on Guatemalan prisoners, soldiers and mental patients in the years after World War II were revealed this week during hearings before a White House bioethics panel investigating the study’s sordid history. From 1946 to 1948, American taxpayers, through the Public Health Service, paid for syphilis-infected Guatemalan prostitutes to have sex with prisoners. When some of the men failed to become infected through sex, the bacteria were poured into scrapes made on the penises or faces, or even injected by spinal puncture.

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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dr. John Cutler, Guatemala, syphilis experiments
Subjects: Health > Health Equity > Bioethics
Health > Policy
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    Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2011 11:00
    Last Modified: 21 Mar 2012 21:58
    Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/3205

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