Escaping Melodrama: Rethinking the Tuskegee and Guatemala Experiments

Interested in our next book, Bad Blood? Don’t miss the speaker coming to campus on Oct. 19.

Wed, Oct 19 at 7:00 p.m. Rosebud Auditorium in the University Center.

Susan M. Reverby is the Marion Butler McLean Professor in the History of Ideas and Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Wellesley College. Dr. Reverby has completed two books on what is referred to as the infamous “Tuskegee” Syphilis study (1932-72), the longest running non-therapeutic research study in U.S. history that involved the United States Public Health Service and more than 600 African American men in the counties surrounding Tuskegee, Alabama. The study has become a central metaphor for distrust of the health care system and as the key example of unethical research. In January of 2011, Dr. Reverby published a groundbreaking study about disturbing medical experiments conducted by the U.S. government in Guatemala between 1946 and 1948. In these experiments, the U.S. Public Health Service deliberately injected hundreds of Guatemalan prisoners and soldiers with syphilis to test the effectiveness of penicillin. Apart from garnering world wide coverage, Dr. Reverby’s revelations led to a public apology by President Barack Obama to President Colom of Guatemala and to the creation of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

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