Photo from the CDC, Public Image Library
This photograph, taken in the late 1920s or early 1930s, shows participants in the Tuskeggee study in Tuskegee, Alabama...The Tuskegee Syphilis Study, carried out in Macon County, Alabama, from 1932 to 1972, is an example of medical research gone wrong. The United States Public Health Service, in trying to learn more about syphilis and justify treatment programs for blacks, withheld adequate treatment from a group of poor black men who had the disease, causing needless pain and suffering for the men and their loved ones. In the wake of the Tuskegee Study and other studies, the federal government took a closer look at research involving human subjects and made changes to prevent the moral breaches that occurred in Tuskegee from happening again.
A recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll showed that half of Black Americans will not take a COVID-19 vaccine. Even some Black doctors and health care workers have refused the vaccine, citing safety …