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3/15/2008

The Tuskegee Experiment

The Tuskegee Experiment

Between 1932 and 1972 the US Public Health Service (PHS) performed an experiment with 399 black people. The men were infected with syphilis and the PHS wanted to study the physical deterioration of people in the last phase of disease.

The men had been deliberately chosen from a poor county in Alabama. They had little education and they were told nonsense about their treatment and their disease. Worse, they were kept apart from effective medicines.

As a result, 40 women got infected with syphilis, and 19 babies were born with syphilis.

These black people were treated like laboratory rats.

President Clinton apologized on 16 May 1997 to the 8 remaining survivors of this experiment. The PHS rejected any responsibility and maintained only to have followed instructions and to have been only a small wheel in the gear.

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My opinion:
They are among us. Men in organizations and associations, which I classify as the mysterious man type. They are nice, we like to talk with them. And yet they feel nothing for their fellow men, they feel no compassion that would go further than their own person's affairs.
Outwardly, they appear as victims, to the inside they decide like God on the lives of other people. That we all are equal is of no value to them. Respect is a one-way street.

Be vigilant, and defend yourself. Do not believe in bureaucratic authorities and make always up your mind based on your own knowledge. For some people, their fellow humans mean nor more than lab rats and we can every day be invited to take part in one of their experiments.

4 comments:

Swahilya Shambhavi said...

True! Empowering is totally an individual ball game. No one can reach out to help and protect ourselves, except ourselves.

Ray Gratzner said...

Hello swahilya shambhavi, I fear you are right, in the worst case we are alone to help ourselves.

A.V.C. said...

ocAlone in duality, yes.
But together in singularity.

Ray Gratzner said...

Hello a.v.c. I am glad you stopped by. Your comment is a little bit to short for me to understand the meaning.