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Bad Blood The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiments James H Jones is the author of Bad Blood The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment The book was copyrighted in 1981 For two years in 1974 and 1975 Jones worked closely with Fred Gray the civil rights attorney who brought the class action suit on behalf of the men in the Tuskegee study He also served a short internship as senior research scholar at the center for Bioethics of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University Jones had full access to the Tuskegee Study records via the Freedom of Information Act in 1975 Jones is now a professor at Arkansas University This book discusses the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiments that occurred in Macon County Alabama The experiments started in 1932 and lasted for over 40 years They were a result of a sudden emergence in the need for health care for black men In the years leading to the 20th century many physicians believed syphilis would surely terminate the black race However they cared little about this until they realized if action were not taken the disease would spread quickly through the white race as well Throughout the 1920s the Public Health Service PHS attempted to ease the pain of the blacks in the South Six different sites covering a broad type of conditions were selected to set up syphilis control programs Macon County Alabama was one of these These experiments took place at the United States Veterans Hospital on the Edge of the Tuskegee Institutes campus In what was to only last a year 399 black men with tertiary syphilis all of who were in the late state of syphilis when the study began and 201 without syphilis control group were used to study the disease After the first year was over the PHS and its corresponding departments the Macon County Health Department and The Alabama State Board of Heath which consisted of whites and the Tuskegee Institute which consisted
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