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Foolish Mortal
10-01-2010, 02:57 PM
Full Story: U.S. Apologizes for Syphilis Experiment in Guatemala (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/02/health/research/02infect.html)


Top American officials apologized on Friday as they revealed an experiment conducted in the 1940s in which United States government medical researchers deliberately infected Guatemalan prison inmates, soldiers and mental patients with syphilis.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the health and human services secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, and other officials called the study “clearly unethical.”

The experiment, overseen by a researcher who would later participate in the infamous Tuskegee study, in which black American male sharecroppers with syphilis were deliberately left untreated for decades, was done to test the effectiveness of penicillin.

“Although these events occurred more than 64 years ago, we are outraged that such reprehensible research could have occurred under the guise of public health,” Mrs. Clinton and Ms. Sebelius said in a statement. “We deeply regret that it happened, and we apologize to all the individuals who were affected by such abhorrent research practices.”

The Guatemalan president, Álvaro Colom, who first learned of the experiments on Thursday in a phone call from Mrs. Clinton, called them “hair-raising” and “crimes against humanity.”

His government said it would cooperate with an American investigation and carry out its own.

The experiments were discovered by Susan M. Reverby, a medical historian and professor of women’s studies at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mass., who has written two books about the Tuskegee study.

From 1946 to 1948, she wrote in an article due to appear in January in The Journal of Policy History, Dr. John C. Cutler, a Public Health Service doctor, ran a syphilis inoculation project in Guatemala, co-sponsored by the health service, the National Institutes of Health, the Pan American Health Sanitary Bureau and the Guatemalan government.

Holy shit. What the fuck was wrong with scientists back then?

Treacle
10-01-2010, 03:19 PM
Full Story: U.S. Apologizes for Syphilis Experiment in Guatemala (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/02/health/research/02infect.html)

Holy shit. What the fuck was wrong with scientists back then?

"All people are equal, but some people are more equal than others."

Kedd
10-01-2010, 03:23 PM
Full Story: U.S. Apologizes for Syphilis Experiment in Guatemala (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/02/health/research/02infect.html)



Holy shit. What the fuck was wrong with scientists back then?

Like you've never used humans as experimental guinea pigs :mistrust:

Caley Tibbittz
10-01-2010, 03:23 PM
We sent Paris Hilton to Guatemala?

Kedd
10-01-2010, 03:26 PM
We sent Paris Hilton to Guatemala?
Zing?

The Mandarin
10-01-2010, 04:01 PM
Notions of racial superiority and a belief that experimenting on "lesser races" was A-OK just seems to have been part of the zeitgeist of the time. Germany was the worst example, but if you look at the literature in Europe and America at the time, you'll see the beliefs we like to pretend were unique to Germany were actually ridiculously common. So no, none of this is surprising to me. Depressing, but not surprising.