This week, we’ll spend some time discussing research ethics, and the processes involved in designing and conducting ethical research with human participants. A lot of bad things have been done in the name of research, as you’ll see in our readings for Tuesday:
- “US Public Health Service Syphylis Study at Tuskeegee”
- “US Apologizes for Guatemala Syphilis Experiments”
(alternate link: http://eng1060s2012.pbworks.com/w/file/49982912/Print%20%20Syphilis%20Experiment%20Is%20Revealed.pdf ).
Post a response to these readings on your blog before class time today. For this post, I’d like you to consider the ways in which the Guatemala Syphilis and Tuskeegee Syphilis studies were unethical. Be specific. Try to use language from your reading of “Protecting Human Subjects” to talk through this. THEN: consider how they might have changed either one of these experiments to do their research ethically.