Case Study 3: The Tuskegee Syphilis Study

  • TitleCase Study 3: The Tuskegee Syphilis Study
Case Study 3 of six cases presented during a Summer Institute instructional program. This case reviews the Tuskegee Experiment in which the subject group was composed of 616 African-American men, 412 of whom had been diagnosed as having syphilis, and 204 controls. The participants were never explained the true nature of the study. Not only were the syphilitics among them not treated for the disease , but those few who recognized their condition and attempted to seek help from PHS syphilis treament clinics were prevented from doing so. A panel of prominent physicians was convened by the PHS in 1969 to review the Tuskegee study. The PHS in 1966, the panel's recommendation that the Study continue without significant modification was accepted.
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Cite this page: "Case Study 3: The Tuskegee Syphilis Study" Online Ethics Center for Engineering 7/20/2006 National Academy of Engineering Accessed: Saturday, November 28, 2015 <>