Urological Sciences Research Foundation

Video of Clinton Apology for Tuskegee

Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis
in the Negro Male

In the late 1920s, syphilis was a terrible disease; there was no effective treatment. In 1932, the U.S.Public Health Service began an investigation into the natural history of this dread disease. The location chosen for the study was Tuskegee in rural Macon County, Alabama, a place that had the highest syphilis prevalence in the country. The populace there was largely of African-American descent.

Thus began the longest observational study in medical history: “The Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male (1932 – 1972).”

Because a closure came to the Tuskegee Study with the death of the last survivor in 2004, and because the current protections of human subjects in medical research emanate from the aftermath of that study, USRF staff members---via an educational grant from GlaxoSmithKline---re-visited the Tuskegee Study in a contemporary fashion.

Presentation at American Urological Association
San Antonio, TX - May, 2005
  • POWERPOINT FILE (2.9MB, Video Clips in original presentation in HTML file below)
Publication in Urology
June, 2005
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