I am not sure how many people know about the atrocity of the Tuskegee Experiments. I wonder, if this had been perpetrated on “your” ethnic or racial group, how long would it take you to trust the American Government again? Can you imagaine, purposely, withholding life saving medicine from your fellow human being, believing there would be no consequences because the men, women and children were black?! I wonder how many lives were touched, either directly, or indirectly, from this horrible experiment, and still, suffer to this day.
July 25, 2002 –Thirty years ago today, the Washington Evening Star newspaper ran this headline on its front page: “Syphilis Patients Died Untreated.” With those words, one of America’s most notorious medical studies, the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, became public.
“For 40 years, the U.S. Public Health Service has conducted a study in which human guinea pigs, not given proper treatment, have died of syphilis and its side effects,” Associated Press reporter Jean Heller wrote on July 25, 1972. “The study was conducted to determine from autopsies what the disease does to the human body.”