Institute:Office of National Coordinator (ONC) Workforce Training Curriculum
Component:Introduction to Health Care and Public Health in the U.S.
Unit:Public Health - Part 1
Lecture:The Effect and Value of Public Health
Slide content:A Terrible Injustice - 1946 Guatemalan National Penitentiary U.S.-backed experiment deliberately infected inmates with syphilis Studied the effects of early penicillin treatment Resulted in at least 83 deaths 8
Slide notes:The second stain on the public health record is a U.S.-backed study that involved the deliberate infection with syphilis of prisoners in a Guatemalan prison in 1946. The study was done to investigate the effects of early penicillin treatment. At least 83 people died as a result of this experiment.