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“Study of Tuskegee” or Tuskegee experiment (3 photos)

History knows many examples of brutal experiments, which in different years were put on people. One such experiment is the Tuskegee experiment or the “Tuskegee Study”, which was conducted between 1932 and 1972 in Tuskegee, USA. His victims were 400 African Americans, who, for example, wanted to understand how black people suffer from syphilis.

The doctor takes blood for tests in one of the patients

400 people deliberately infected with syphilis, but they were not informed of their diagnosis. Participants in the experiment were people who lived below the poverty line or close to it, but there were absolutely no citizens in it. They were treated not as patients, but as objects for research that were not of value to society.

Patients talk with project coordinator, nurse Unis Rivers, 1970

Doctors informed the participants of the experiment that they had completely different diseases and instead of medicines they were given usual aspirin or vitamins. They concealed the presence of penicillin, which in the late 40’s was used to treat many diseases, and made it so that they were not taken in other clinics. The experiment lasted until the media learned about it. A scandal broke out, it was tried to be hushed up, but it was not easy. By the time 74 survivors remained alive. According to the most conservative estimates, the victims managed to infect 40 wives with syphilis, in addition, 19 children were born with congenital syphilis. The experiment was stopped and we did our best to forget about it as soon as possible.

Study group

US President Bill Clinton in 1997 apologized for this experiment on behalf of the entire American people.

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