About 60 years ago, the United States government intentionally infected hundreds of people in Guatemala with gonorrhea and syphilis without their knowledge or permission (...).
"In 1946-48, Dr. John C. Cutler, a PHS physician who would later be part of the Syphilis Study in Alabama in the 1960s and continue to defend it two decades after it ended in the 1990s, was running a syphilis inoculation project in Guatemala, co-sponsored by the PHS, the National Institutes of Health, the Pan American Health Sanitary Bureau (now the Pan American Health Organization), and the Guatemalan government," (...)
Hillary Clinton and Kathleen Sebelius will offerpublic apologies today for the role of the U.S. Public Health Service in the Guatemala project.
"Although these events occurred more than 64 years ago, we are outraged that such reprehensible research could have occurred under the guise of public health. We deeply regret that it happened, and we apologize to all the individuals who were affected by such abhorrent research practices," they said. "The conduct exhibited during the study does not represent the values of the United States, or our commitment to human dignity and great respect for the people of Guatemala."
Today, the regulations that govern research funded by the U.S. government, whether conducted domestically or internationally "would absolutely prohibit this type of study" said Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes for Health, in a phone briefing with reporters mid-morning on Friday.
The Guatemala experiments never provided any useful information and the records were hidden, according to Reverby. The full study can be read here.