The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment

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The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment: compliance with the American Psychological Association’s ethical principles for research with the human participants. Roman Yakubov Hudson County Community College Research that involves human participants raises a lot of ethical questions and concerns. Ethics refers to the norms or principles that generally guide any research as well as whether research activities are conducted the right or the wrong way. Additionally, ethics are the moral principles that govern the behavioral component when a certain activity is conducted, in this case the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment (citation?). In summary, the Tuskegee Study is a medical research that was conducted over an extensive period of time from…show more content…
All three principles had a great dependency on one another. Principle of informed consent refers to when an experiment is conducted, the experimenter must, under most circumstances, give potential participants a full description of the procedures of the study and its risks and benefits before they are asked to participate. (cite). The goal of the study was to evaluate the effects of untreated syphilis over a period of time. According to the Tuskegee study paper (cite), none of the participants were informed about the purpose of the study and its risks and benefits. Participants were misled that the evoluation was conducted to treat “bad blood” instead of syphilis. The benefit of the doubt may be introduced into reasonability of the study and requirement of the informed consent if one takes into consideration that limited research at the time in 1930s into the potential cure and effects of syphilis with drugs available may have caused more harm than good. Yet, moral responsibility was still ignored especially since almost 100 participants died from direct effects from syphilis disease. Penicillin was introduced to treat patients with syphilis in 1947. Patients continued to be misled about the purpose of the study and treatment available to them. Researchers continued to ignore any moral and ethical responsibilities of The Tuskegee Syphilis…show more content…
It was one of the longest study that had the backing of the United States Public Health Services (USPHS). In conclusion, even though the article talks about the group of males’ participations at free will, the experiment on African- American males was one of the cruelest that lacked diversity and was full of coercion and violated many APA ethical principles as well as simply impeded on the rights of human beings by withholding the available treatment to

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