The Outcome Research and Ethics of the Tuskegee Study
Tuskegee Syphilis Study was misleading in its purpose as well as its method of securing the men who participated. This study had nothing to do with treatment; instead it was a nontherapeutic experiment just to compile data on the effects of syphilis to the human being. The events that led up to the development of today’s federal organizations and laws we follow.
Syphilis a sexually transmitted disease is caused by the bacterium known as Treponema pallidum (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, June). As of 2006, six of the ten states located in the southern region of the United States are still reported with the highest rate of syphilis (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, June). According to Center for Disease Control and Prevention (June), this disease has several stages of symptoms and effects to the human body. The first stage of symptoms appears in an average of 21 days as a chancer sore on the genitals lasting about one-five weeks and heals on its own. The second stage begins with a non-itching rash that can last two-six weeks which heal on their own as well, but these are the stages where an infected person easily passes on the disease by sexual intercourse. The second phase may enter into a long dormant secondary stage before emerging into the final stage when the disease starts to affect the organs. Untreated syphilis goes into the third stage and begins infecting and damaging the other organs, such as brain, nerves, eyes, heart, liver, bones, joints, and even death. An infected pregnant woman passes it on to the unborn child which is still birth, born with serious health problems, or die shortly after birth, these babies’ need to be treated immediately to help their chance of survival and require ten days of treatment with penicillin.
The creation of our federal organizations and laws transpired due to these events that occurred, which we have and follow today. The Rosenwald Fund was...