Ethically Impossible: STD Research in Guatemala from 1946 to 1948

2 thoughts on “Ethically Impossible: STD Research in Guatemala from 1946 to 1948”

  1. What burns me is that only now do we get around to looking at this atrocity, after most of the victims are already dead. Why didn’t anybody examine the basic morality of this project before? What in the world were those folks thinking? Are any of the researchers available to be interrogated about what they were doing then?
    And, worst of all, are “we” still engaging in such secret research in Third World countries today? It is fine to just now discover things that our grandparents did fifty or sixty years ago.
    But what about now? It is not as though some moral lessons have been learned that will keep the current generation of Americans from killing innocent people, openly or secretly, in the name of Nation, Money, and worst of all, Science.
    Let laws against human rights violations be strengthened and enforced. Let such atrocities be stopped, now sixty years from now, not during the next generation, but right now, as they are happening.

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