U.S. Offers Official Apology For Guatemala Syphilis Experiment

October 1, 2010

U.S. (ChattahBox World News) – The United States has offered an official apology after it came to light earlier this year that Guatemalan prisoners, soldiers and hospital patients had been exposed to syphilis in a Tuskegee-like series of experiments in the 1940’s.

The studies were uncovered by women’s studies Professor Susan Reverby, who was doing research to a follow up on a book about the infamous Tuskegee experiments of the 1960’s, where African American men were told the were being treated for the STD, but many were left to suffer the consequences with a placebo in order to see the effects of the disease on the brain and body.

According to her research, between 1946-1948, the U.S. military used prostitutes known to have the disease to purposefully infect people with syphilis. They then tested penicillin, which was a new drug at the time. The man responsible was Dr. John C. Cutler, who later went on to hold the 1960’s experiments in Alabama.

Secretary of State Hilary Clinton condemned the experiments, offering an apology on behalf of the country.

“Although these events occurred more than 64 years ago, we are outraged that such reprehensible research could have occurred under the guise of public health. We deeply regret that it happened, and we apologize to all the individuals who were affected by such abhorrent research practices,” she said.


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