Sample informed consent forms can be obtained from the hospital endoscopy
III. Complete the Tuskegee activity and discuss the events.
IV. View the movie “Miss Evers’ Boys.”
The Syphilis Study at Tuskegee
In 1932, the Public Health Service, working with the Tuskegee Institute, began a study to record the natural history of syphilis in the hopes of justifying treatment programs for blacks. It was called the "Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis." The goal of the study was to observe the long-term effects of syphilis. Syphilis is a complex, sexually transmitted disease (STD) with a highly variable clinical course. The disease is caused by the bacterium, Treponema pallidum. Syphilis is passed from person-to-person through direct contact with syphilis sore and can also be passed from mother to child during pregnancy.
The study initially involved 600 black men from Macon County, Alabama – 399 with syphilis, 201 who did not have the disease. The study was conducted without the benefit of patients' informed consent. Researchers told the men they were being treated for "bad blood," a local term used to describe several ailments including syphilis, anemia, and fatigue. In truth, they did not receive the