Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment Essay

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The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment is one of the most controversial experiments in the history of medicine and research due to its catastrophic consequences. It was a study conducted by the Public Health Service which consisted on recording the natural history of syphilis in 399 African-American men who contracted in a period of six months. This experiment, which lasted for 40 years, had several irregularities and made it controversial because of the irregularities it had. For example, participants were never told they would be prat of a research project; either they were infected with syphilis. Instead, they were told they could be treated for ‘bad blood’. At the time the study began, there were any proven treatments for syphilis; however,…show more content…
Since they were not informed they would be part of a research study, they were not able to leave the experiment and one of the consequences was that participants’’ relatives contracted syphilis too. Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment and Stanford Prison University share certain features. For instance, both studies presented inaccuracy in the scientific basis of the research project. In both cases, participants were not informed about the research, and variables are not clearly defined, consequently there were certain irregularities while conducting the project such as the extension of the research length which as never justified by the research staff. Another feature they have in common is the integrity of all participants would have been guaranteed if the APA’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, the American Educational Research Association Code of Ethics, and the Singapore Statement on Research Integrity had been followed; however as it was mentioned in the Stanford Prison Experiment assignment, these codes did not exist at the time the Stanford Prison Experiment was conducted

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