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March 2nd, 2011
10:19 AM ET

Preventing unethical health experiments in the U.S.

It was more than 75 years ago that one of the most heinous medical ethics violations took place in Tuskegee, Alabama. Doctors conducted a medical experiment on 400 unconsenting African Americans with syphilis, denying them treatment that could have helped them.

Various other unethical health experiments have taken place in U.S. history, but medical experts are meeting this week to make sure history doesn't repeat itself. Amy Gutmann is leading the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues and is the President of the University of Pennsylvania. She talks to Ali Velshi about the role of the Commission and what she hopes to achieve.

Filed under: Health • Science • U.S.
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  1. Julie

    Most horrifying these experiments. Also had experiments on pregnant women in Africa, withholding medication that would work and they used experimental that was questionable.
    My mom when I was little. 9 years old. back in the 50's. Stepped on a nail. She got a tetnus shot. 24 hours later, she broke out in huge boils every square inch of her body. For 2 1/2 years, she went to many hospitals. The smell in the house was like rotting flesh. She became experimental for cortesone. One woman in Calif and my mom were the only two people to survive
    When I had baby, scared to death to get her shots. This 85 year old doctor who treated my mom, told me that they no longer experiment on deseases where they make serum. And, now they used steril eggs. Talk me all I needed to know what happened to my mom.
    YOU have no idea how terrified I am to get any sort of shots, and, my children.
    These boils carbuncles, furuncles some expressed on her legs there came a cup of toxic pus at a time. I was horrified, when I spread all this creams and stuff on her. When she started taking the cortesone, which doctor told her then was fermented pregenant mare's pee, the house smelled like a different ranced smell. I know well about experimental drugs and human error. Twas a nightmare, as older, I do not get any shots. You have to be kidding me. Mom would have been better off with lock jaw.

    March 2, 2011 at 11:09 am |