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March 13, 2000

Unraveling the Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis

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Copyright 2000 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2000

Arch Intern Med. 2000;160(5):585-598. doi:10.1001/archinte.160.5.585

TODAY WE repeatedly hear about the Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis (TSUS) in the media. The TSUS was the 1932 through 1972 US Public Health Service (USPHS) study involving approximately 400 African American men with syphilis who were found untreated in rural Alabama and were observed to autopsy. As a control, there was also a comparable group of 200 African American men without syphilis who were observed to autopsy.1

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