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RLS: ‘Tuskegee Study in Untreated Syphilis in Negro Male’

KQ: Should the context be important when we consider the value of knowledge?

In 1932, 399 African Americans with syphilis participated in a study that aimed to document the progress of syphilis without treatment. However, the participants were told that they were treated for ‘bad blood’. They were provided with free medical exams, free meals, and burial insurance for 40 years.

 

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