Tuskegee Experiment

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Tuskegee Experiment Student’s name Institutional Affiliation Abstract The Tuskegee Experiment is perhaps one of the most contentious medical studies of the 20th century. The research began in 1932 in Macon County, Alabama. The United States Public Health Service (USPHS), alongside the Tuskegee Institute, commenced a program to document and acquire a cure for syphilis among males from the African American population. Initially, the study involved a sample population of 600 black men, 399 of whom had syphilis CITATION Cen17 l 2057 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2017). It is vital to note that the majority of the sample population included poor and illiterate individuals. While the research was projected to last for only six months, it went on for four decades. The current paper employs a case study approach to assess the Tuskegee Experiment, revealing violations of the four major healthcare principles by the USPHS. Moreover, the paper finds that the researchers gave baseless justification to conduct the experiment. Finally, the paper cautions on the importance of balancing between individual rights and the common good in medical experimentation. Keywords: Tuskegee Experiment, healthcare principles, syphilis, individual rights, the common good. Tuskegee Experiment The Tuskegee Experiment began in 1932 and was marred by gross ethical violation such as misinformation and deception. The researchers did not divulge the study’s objective to those involved. Instead, they described it as a treatment for “bad blood” a local term associated with diseases such as anemia and syphilis CITATION Cen17 l 2057 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,

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