Influence of Tuskegee Study on Current Issues and Thinking Related to Health Disparities

Influenceof Tuskegee Study on Current Issues and Thinking Related to HealthDisparities

Influenceof Tuskegee Study on Current Issues and Thinking Related to HealthDisparities

Theterm “Tuskegee” has since function as a metaphor for paternalism,racism, and government-based deadly deception on medical research.Back then, the experiment influenced the concept of race was broughtto science with racist implications. The Tuskegee researchers hadassumed that the disease (syphilis), was a different ailment inwhites and blacks, and still they were eager to influence thedisappearance of the race since the generalized results could be usedto show to caution for the dangers of the disease (Jones &ampTuskegee Institute, 1981).

Currently,there are current issues and thoughts that have been based on thehealth disparities as a result of Tuskegee experiment. The syphilishealth disparity has influenced the thinking concerning the racialand societal problems from the past. Such issues have until now beenlinked with the thoughts among the ethnic and racial population suchas the blacks and whites. From Tuskegee experiment, the current causeof health disparity stemits way from racial and ethnic differences (Reverby, 2009 Inaddition, there are other determining factors that have contributedsignificantly regardless of the ethnic and racial background. Thesecan be termed as racial determinants that influence the currentcommunities’ health and that of the nation.

Followingthe experiment, the current health disparity among the citizens haveresulted in informed consent that is, informing all the potentialresearchers about all the aspects of what the research entails whichcould result to influencing the current population with syphilis.Secondly, influence on health disparity has resulted to withholdingall syphilis treatment for first carrying out research studies. Thishave influenced the thinking that involves the condition of thepatients that have been consistently been ignored on justificationthat research experiments have to be first carried out to ascertaintheir effects they are treated (Reverby, 2000).


Reverby,S. (2000). Tuskegee`s truths: Rethinking the Tuskegee syphilis study.Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press.

Reverby,S. (2009). Examining Tuskegee: The infamous syphilis study and itslegacy. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.

Jones,J. H., &amp Tuskegee Institute. (1981). Bad blood: The Tuskegeesyphilis experiment. New York: Free Press.