Please join us for the next SPH Equity and Diversity Inclusion Team Book Club conversation about “Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment” by James H. Jones. All are welcome and encouraged to join the conversation even if you have not read the book.
From 1932-1972, the U.S. Public Health Service conducted a study of the effects of untreated syphilis in African American men in Macon County, Alabama. In the 1940s penicillin became the recommended drug for treatment of syphilis and researchers did not offer it to the subjects. As a result, federally supported studies using human subjects must be reviewed by Institutional Review Boards. Regulations governing confidentiality were also developed. Researchers now must get voluntary informed consent from all persons taking part in studies*. Please join us for a conversation to consider important questions of awareness, history, intent, and impact of the Tuskegee Study on the field of public health and community-based research.
The book is available at the University and county libraries as well as new and used online. If you are not able to purchase or borrow a copy please let Lauren Eldridge (firstname.lastname@example.org) know — we do not want access to be a barrier to participation.
*Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention