This is one of the world’s worst known examples of medical malpractice. It is very similar to the Tuskegee experiment, another one of the world’s worst known examples of medical malpractice. “In the Tuskegee experiment, the U.S. Public Health Service was studying the progression of syphilis in black men in rural Alabama, and researchers were faulted for failing to treat the men even after penicillin was discovered as a treatment for the disease” (source).
In the Guatemalan experiment, researchers intentionally infected children in orphanages, soldiers, mental health patients, and prison inmates with STDs. Many of these people have died due to the exposure to the STDs as well as passed it on to family members.
I am thoroughly disgusted with this whole situation. Even after the Tuskegee scandal prompted the creation of ethical standards in research studies, how was the Guatemalan experiment still able to occur? The researchers were initially able to get away with their wrong doings simply by targeting people in a country whose rights were limited. It is also disturbing that a major University that many aspire to attend would participate in such a barbaric study.
With this being said, it’s important for our generation to have morals and standards in order to prevent something like this from happening again. There are other ways to explore medical inquiries without violating a person’s human rights. Our main goal should be to uplift and help our people rather than “sacrificing a few” to improve the wellbeing of the rest (If we can help it). That is a terrible mindset.
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