Examining Tuskegee: The Infamous Syphilis Study and its Legacy

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Examining Tuskegee: The Infamous Syphilis Study and its Legacy

Susan M. Reverby

The forty-year Tuskegee Syphilis Study, which took place in and around Tuskegee, Alabama, from the 1930s through the 1970s, has become a profound metaphor for medical racism, government malfeasance, and physician arrogance. Susan M. Reverby's Examining Tuskegee is a comprehensive analysis of the notorious study of untreated syphilis among African American men, who were told by U.S. Public Health Service doctors that they were being treated, not just watched, for their late-stage syphilis. With rigorous clarity, Reverby investigates the study and its aftermath from multiple perspectives and illuminates the reasons for its continued power and resonance in our collective memory.

Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press

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Tuskegee Syphilis Study.
Human experimentation in medicine -- Alabama -- Macon County -- History.
Syphilis -- Research -- Alabama -- Macon County -- History.
Syphilis -- history.
African Americans -- history.
History, 20th Century.
Human Experimentation -- history.
Informed Consent -- history.
United States Government Agencies -- history.
Universities -- history.

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R 853 .H8 .R48 2009

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