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The Tuskegee Syphilis Study

Subject areas: History, African-American Studies, Social Studies
Grade level: 10th or 11th
Level of difficulty: High
Prerequisite: None

Summary: This module introduces students to one of the most notorious studies in public health and biomedical research - the Tuskegee Syphilis Study (TSS). The Tuskegee Study is well known because of the ethical violations inherent in its design. Students conduct a document analysis using selected historical as well as contemporary documents related to the TSS. They use the documents to develop an understanding of the TSS and to create a timeline of the major events in its history. In the assessment, students then use the information they have learned to make decisions about how the legacy of the TSS should affect the way in which participants are recruited for epidemiologic research.

Download The Tuskegee Syphilis Study (.pdf/178K)
Download Document 14 (.pdf/18K)
Download Document 22 (.pdf/26K)
Download Document 24 (.pdf/47K)
Download Document 30 (.pdf/23K)
Download Document 31 (.pdf/31K)
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