Exposed: US Doctors Secretly Infected Hundreds of Guatemalans with Syphilis in the 1940s

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/10/5/exposed_us_doctors_secretly_infected_hundreds

 

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Recently unearthed documents show around 700 Guatemalan soldiers, prisoners, prostitutes and mental patients were infected as part of a study into the effects of penicillin. It’s unclear if the patients were ever cured of the diseases or even given treatment. Hours after the findings were revealed, President Obama apologized to Guatemalan President Álvaro Colom, who called the experiments a “crime against humanity.” We speak to Susan Reverby, the medical historian who discovered the Guatemala study. [includes rush transcript]

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