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The Real Story Behind the Tuskegee Syphilis Study

Decades later, the study is still misunderstood

In 1932, the United States Public Health Service started a 40-year experiment on 600 Black men, most of whom were diagnosed with syphilis.

The men were not told the purpose of the experiment, and the 399 men in the experimental group with the deadly disease were purposely denied treatment. Since the experiment was stopped, there has been an official apology from the U.S. government and a settlement with the families of those affected. But the…




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Dave Gershgorn

Dave Gershgorn

Senior Writer at OneZero covering surveillance, facial recognition, DIY tech, and artificial intelligence. Previously: Qz, PopSci, and NYTimes.

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