|6. What where the effects of the Tuskegee syphilis experiment?
Following Doctors' Orders
It takes little imagination to ascribe racist attitudes to the white government officials who ran the experiment, but what can one make of the numerous African Americans who collaborated with them? The experiment's name comes from the Tuskegee Institute, the black university founded by famous African American Booker T. Washington. Its affiliated hospital lent the government its medical facilities for the study, and other predominantly black institutions as well as local black doctors also participated. A black nurse, Eunice Rivers, was a central figure in the experiment for most of its forty years.
7. What is the purpose of the above paragraph? Why is this information important?
One of the most chilling aspects of the experiment was how the government kept these men from receiving treatment. When several nationwide campaigns that were created to inform citizens about venereal disease came to Macon County, the men were prevented from participating. Even when penicillin —the first real cure for syphilis— was discovered in the 1940s, the Tuskegee men were deliberately denied the medication.
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