HA3300D – Healthcare Policy and Ethics
Discussion 07: Tuskegee Experiment
In Week 1, you learned about the 1932-1972 Tuskegee Experiment, in which 399 black men were subject to medical research by the U.S. Public Health Services without their consent. Use what you’ve learned about this experiment, and your textbook, to answer these questions:
.Researchers used utilitarian ethics to support their actions. Do their actions make sense when viewed from a utilitarian perspective? Why or why not?
.Explain why and how Kantian ethics might have changed the researchers’ behavior.
.Propose a second ethical theory that might have saved these men from abuse.
Your initial post should be a minimum of 8 – 10 sentences and include an APA-style references list to ensure full credit. Respond to two other students in a minimum of 4 – 6 sentences, being sure to cite course material in APA format in your work.