How Syphilis Affected African Americans Essay

822 Words Dec 10th, 2015 4 Pages
Throughout mankind’s history, men have tried many different ways to fight off the things that have hindered progress or taken lives. This is especially true with disease, which is very much still being researched. However, in more recent times, we have created a system of morals necessary in providing physical health care to patients, and this has revealed some problems with how certain treatments are done. A prime example of a treatment/series of treatments that was not within this moral code was the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, which violated several of these moral statutes. In this paper, we will see what the study was and the implications it has on today’s society. The study’s proclaimed original intention was to test how Syphilis affected African-Americans rather than Caucasians, as it was thought that the disease had drastically different effects on the two different peoples. In order to do this, Dr. Raymond Vonderlehr was chosen by the U.S Public Health Service (henceforth the PHS), which was being sponsored by the government at the time, to start the field work for the experiment in 1932, telling disadvantaged/poor African-Americans in Tuskegee that the PHS was offering free diagnoses and treatments for syphilis for them (Fourtner, Fourtner, Herreid). In the beginning, this was true, the patients were treated with the most common treatments that were available at the time, but to such a small degree that only about 3% of those treated actually improved (Brunner).…

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