U.S. government's 40-year experiment on black men with syphilis


Said1
Free Thinker
#1
Wow. 40 yrs! Sick. Not quite as sick as Alberta's Sexual Sterilization Act, but pretty close.

Quote:

For forty years between 1932 and 1972, the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) conducted an experiment on 399 black men in the late stages of syphilis. These men, for the most part illiterate sharecroppers from one of the poorest counties in Alabama, were never told what disease they were suffering from or of its seriousness. Informed that they were being treated for “bad blood,” their doctors had no intention of curing them of syphilis at all.

The data for the experiment was to be collected from autopsies of the men, and they were thus deliberately left to degenerate under the ravages of tertiary syphilis—which can include tumors, heart disease, paralysis, blindness, insanity, and death. “As I see it,” one of the doctors involved explained, “we have no further interest in these patients until they die.”


Using Human Beings as Laboratory Animals


Taliaferro Clark, Head of the U.S. Public Health Service at the outset of the experiment.
The true nature of the experiment had to be kept from the subjects to ensure their cooperation. The sharecroppers' grossly disadvantaged lot in life made them easy to manipulate. Pleased at the prospect of free medical care—almost none of them had ever seen a doctor before—these unsophisticated and trusting men became the pawns in what James Jones, author of the excellent history on the subject, Bad Blood, identified as “the longest nontherapeutic experiment on human beings in medical history.”

The study was meant to discover how syphilis affected blacks as opposed to whites—the theory being that whites experienced more neurological complications from syphilis, whereas blacks were more susceptible to cardiovascular damage. How this knowledge would have changed clinical treatment of syphilis is uncertain.

Although the PHS touted the study as one of great scientific merit, from the outset its actual benefits were hazy. It took almost forty years before someone involved in the study took a hard and honest look at the end results, reporting that “nothing learned will prevent, find, or cure a single case of infectious syphilis or bring us closer to our basic mission of controlling venereal disease in the United States.”

When the experiment was brought to the attention of the media in 1972, news anchor Harry Reasoner described it as an experiment that “used human beings as laboratory animals in a long and inefficient study of how long it takes syphilis to kill someone.”


A Heavy Price in the Name of Bad Science

To ensure that the men would show up for a painful and potentially dangerous spinal tap, the PHS doctors misled them with a letter full of promotional hype: “Last Chance for Special Free Treatment.” The fact that autopsies would eventually be required was also concealed.

By the end of the experiment, 28 of the men had died directly of syphilis, 100 were dead of related complications, 40 of their wives had been infected, and 19 of their children had been born with congenital syphilis. How had these men been induced to endure a fatal disease in the name of science?

To persuade the community to support the experiment, one of the original doctors admitted it “was necessary to carry on this study under the guise of a demonstration and provide treatment.” At first, the men were prescribed the syphilis remedies of the day—bismuth, neoarsphenamine, and mercury— but in such small amounts that only 3 percent showed any improvement.

These token doses of medicine were good public relations and did not interfere with the true aims of the study. Eventually, all syphilis treatment was replaced with “pink medicine”—aspirin.

To ensure that the men would show up for a painful and potentially dangerous spinal tap, the PHS doctors misled them with a letter full of promotional hype: “Last Chance for Special Free Treatment.” The fact that autopsies would eventually be required was also concealed.

As a doctor explained, “If the colored population becomes aware that accepting free hospital care means a post-mortem, every darky will leave Macon County...” Even the Surgeon General of the United States participated in enticing the men to remain in the experiment, sending them certificates of appreciation after 25 years in the study.

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darkbeaver
Republican
#2
Bastards rotten bastards
 
MikeyDB
#3
What makes them bastards Beve?

It must be that they knew better. The African American and many others, natives of Canada and the United States have paid dearly for their "difference". Even today when we "know better" we continue to witness the de-humanization of ethnic minorities and practice gender prejudice throughout our social institutions and our religious constructs.

Our societies today are far more the greater 'bastards' than were the people who committed these atrocities. I doubt that we will see any change in my lifetime and have serious doubts that change per se is even possible given our approval of social organizing principles that rely on heirachies and "status" as qualifiers. Human beings are fundamentally flawed and happily so it seems.
 
darkbeaver
Republican
#4
Quote: Originally Posted by MikeyDBView Post

What makes them bastards Beve?

It must be that they knew better. The African American and many others, natives of Canada and the United States have paid dearly for their "difference". Even today when we "know better" we continue to witness the de-humanization of ethnic minorities and practice gender prejudice throughout our social institutions and our religious constructs.

Our societies today are far more the greater 'bastards' than were the people who committed these atrocities. I doubt that we will see any change in my lifetime and have serious doubts that change per se is even possible given our approval of social organizing principles that rely on heirachies and "status" as qualifiers. Human beings are fundamentally flawed and happily so it seems.

Yes it's because they knew.The new bastards are greater bastards, thier tools have improved, but fundementally they're the same bastards.
You are right about the plight of the different, but we both know that's a very old game. History records the extermination of our primate kin, the first to go were the smallest then the next smallest, those who had no language, the neanderthal , and on and on, butchery and rape and destruction fifty thousand years of it.
I was doing the forward of Huxleys Brave New World this evening just thumbing through it and I spyed these few lines.

"The greatest triumphs of propaganda have been accomplished, not by doing something, but by refraining from doing. Great is the truth, but still greater, from a practicle point of view, is the silence about truth. By simply not mentioning certain subjects, by lowering what Mr Churchill calls an "iron curtain" between the masses and such and such facts or arguments as the local political bosses regard as undesireable, totalitarian propagandists have influanced opinion much more effectively than they could have done by the most elaborate denunciations, the most compelling of logical rebuttals."-----------------------Huxley brave new world

How long has that curtain been between us and the truth? A hundred years, two hundred a thousand always what? Maybe you're right about there being no hope but I'am a hopeless romantic. I have no respect for our social organizing principles, none. That's what I would change, but that's a project older than written words maybe.
The coming depression may provide a means to radical change and revolution or mass death and mass imprisonment and permanent slavery. An empty planet is an efficient planet. The elite will exterminate millions to endure. They're used to it.
 
Sparrow
#5
In 1960 the CIA was testing LSD on mental patients at am Institute in Montreal. At the time I was training as a nurse and this was one of my rotations. We didn't know what was going on but could see that the patients were not getting better even if they came in for minor reasons, if fact they got a lot worse. We also could not stand the head doctor who was responsible for these patients, with time I found out he was in charge of the experiment for the CIA. This was done with the agreement of our government and health minister.

At first I could not believe this had happened but when the government gave patients monetary compensation it erased all doubts.

It would be interesting to find out what they are up to now.
 

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