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History of Medicine & Bioethics Lecture: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment
Start Date: 10/29/2015Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 10/29/2015End Time: 1:00 PM

Event Description:

Speaker: Dr. James H. Jones, Distinguished Professor, Emeritus, University of Arkansas

Topic: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment: A Tragedy of Race And Medicine

Dr. Jones will discuss the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Study. From 1932 to 1872, the United States Public Health Service (PHS) conducted a 40-year deathwatch over the lives of more than 400 black sharecroppers in Macon County, AL. In this desperately poor region of the Black Belt, PHS, working in conjunction with state, county and local health officials, deliberately deceived the men into believing they were receiving the prescribed treatment for syphilis. This was a lie. The men were left grossly under-treated or untreated so that scientists could observe and analyze the natural history of the disease. As a result, more than 100 of the subjects died from complications of syphilis. Rather than dismiss The Tuskegee Study as science gone mad, Dr. Jones will offer a sophisticated examination of how well-intentioned professionals can commit great wrongs, allowing race, class and scientific curiosity to blind them to the fact that they were victimizing vulnerable members of our society.
Location Information:
East Campus - Health Sciences Tower  (View Map)
Nicolls Road and Health Sciences Drive Intersection
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794
Phone: (631) 444-4000
Room: Level 3, Lecture Hall 5
Contact Information:
Email: michael.ortega@stonybrook.edu

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