Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment
Whistleblower: Peter Buxtun
Who is the Victim?
Who was the Whistleblower and for what company did he work with?
What was exposed/ what information did Buxtun come out with?
What happened next?
My Take On It
Considering the research withheld the actual treatments of syphilis from their patients, it is very immoral. Their intent was to see these men die and is a clear violation of the timeless Hippocratic Oath. "I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure". These lines are in the Hippocratic Oath, a simple guideline every physician should follow to do the most good out of their job. The researchers in the Tuskegee Experiment totally disregarded these guidelines and instead of preventing the disease in the 400 black males infected in the trial, they watched it consume them. Over the span of the 40 year study, the cure was discovered. A simple injection of the anti-biotic, penicillin, would end the disease. The researchers purposefully did not administer this injection to any of their patients and informed any local doctors to refrain from injecting anybody that was in the study. Mainly, the fact that there was a simple cure available, which was still avoided, makes it an extremely immoral experiment and reflects the darker areas of medical research. Human testing with an intent to NOT treat the subject or inform them of anything and bring harm to them is absolutely wrong and we are fortunate that this case existed so that people like Peter Buxton could expose it to prevent anything like it from ever happening again.