Posted : July 2013Author : Mirella Ionta
Horrid stories confirm that human experiments were indeed performed on every continent of the world at one point in history. Some were reported to have been running in the United States until the 1970s. Some will even go as far to argue that still today medical science continually utilize their patients without their knowledge or consent to try out or "test" a new medication as though they were "guinea pigs." Psychiatry has been infamous for testing their "brain drugs" on people who are easily diagnosed as suffering from depression without fully having the knowledge of the root of this disease, nor its proper treatment.
PHS discontinued the study only after the press released accounts in 1972. By this time, only seventy-one subjects were alive. Did the study, in its historical context, have any scientific value? Many critics believe that the nature of the experiment was racist and the reasons it was undertaken in the first place were biased. The uninformed ideas adopted by the medical profession at the time concerning disease, sex, and African Americans, served as a faulty rationale for the study.
The participants were indeed deceived into taking part in the study. Told they had "bad blood" and could receive free medical treatment, rides to the clinic, and meals, one of the goals of the research was to determine if patients could survive or could live on without treatment, which at the time the study began, was considered toxic. Basically, the patients were misled into believing that there was some sort of hope for a remedy for syphilis at the time and they were to be the first to receive effective treatment. Instead, to their dismay, they were only there so that the fatal progression of their disease would be observed. When penicillin became an effective remedy in the 1940s for this disease, the subjects were still denied antibiotic therapy in spite of the new developments made toward treating syphilis.
One would think that once a cure was found and approved, the experiment would be a case closed, and the subjects would be treated as regular patients of a hospital diagnosed with the same medical condition. There would be no need for another 20 or 30 years of tampering with these lives. Sadly, this is just one proven example, in a sea of reports, of an organized attempt to make human experiments seem legitimate in the name of "scientific" advancement.