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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

  • Exposed: US Doctors Secretly Infected Hundreds of Guatemalans with Syphilis in the 1940s

    Guatemala-study

    Recently unearthed documents show around 700 Guatemalan soldiers, prisoners, prostitutes and mental patients were infected as part of a study into the effects of penicillin. It’s unclear if the patients were ever cured of the diseases or even given treatment. Hours after the findings were revealed, President Obama apologized to Guatemalan President Álvaro Colom, who called the experiments a "crime against humanity." We speak to Susan Reverby, the medical historian who discovered the Guatemala study. [includes rush transcript]

  • The Dark History of Medical Experimentation from the Nazis to Tuskegee to Puerto Rico

    Examining-tuskegee

    Medical historian Susan Reverby, author of Examining Tuskegee: The Infamous Syphilis Study and its Legacy, discusses the history of medical experimentation at home and abroad. We also play excerpts of the documentary Deadly Deception: The Tuskegee Study. [includes rush transcript]