The Tuskegee Syphilis Study

An Insider's Account of the Shocking Medical Experiment Conducted by Government Doctors Against African American Men

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Pages: 176

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in

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Paperback

Pub Date: 03/01/2002

ISBN: 9-781-5883-8089-0

List Price: $19.95

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The Tuskegee Syphilis Study

An Insider's Account of the Shocking Medical Experiment Conducted by Government Doctors Against African American Men

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In 1932, the U.S. Public Health Service recruited 623 African American men from Macon County, Alabama, for a study of "the effects of untreated syphilis in the Negro male." For the next 40 years-even after the development of penicillin, the cure for syphilis-these men were denied medical care for this potentially fatal disease. The Tuskegee Syphilis Study was exposed in 1972, and in 1975 the government settled a lawsuit but stopped short of admitting wrongdoing. In 1997, President Bill Clinton welcomed five of the Study survivors to the White House and, on behalf of the nation, officially apologized for an experiment he described as wrongful and racist. In this book, the attorney for the men describes the background of the study, the investigation and the lawsuit, the events leading up to the Presidential apology, and the ongoing efforts to see that out of this painful and tragic episode of American history comes lasting good.
The Tuskegee Syphilis Study: The Real Story and Beyond provides a first-hand, mostly objective account by the attorney who successfully sued the U.S. government on behalf of the study subjects and their families. It presents some remarkable details about the study.

—Norman Goldfarb, The Journal of Clinical Research Best Practices

About the Author/Editor

FRED D. GRAY is one of the nation's leading civil rights attorneys. At age 24, he was the lawyer for Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which began the modern Civil Rights Movement. His other cases and clients include the Freedom Riders, the Selma-to-Montgomery March, numerous school desegregation and voting rights lawsuits, and many others. He lives in Tuskegee, Alabama.