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Recently I read an article about U.S. scientists in Guatamala in the 1940’s. According to the report, scientists were injecting the ill in Guatamala with STD’S. More than 1,300 people were infected in order to see if penicillin could help treat the problem. The only problem that came out of it was useless information, the penicillin didnt really help treat anything.

Several women with epilepsy who lived at the “home for the insane” were injected thru their skull with syphyllis. The reason for this waas the belief that syphyllis would cure the epilepsy. These women ended up contracting meningitis and nearly dying. Another woman battling a terminal illness was infected with gonorrhea  and ended up dying  just months later.

It turns out the U.S. government paid for its Public Health Service to work with several government agencies from Guatemala to expose  prostitutes, prisoners and mental patients with syphilis & gonorrhea. “The researchers put their own medical advancement first and human decency a far second,” said Anita Allen, a member of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

So why is it that we are just now being clued into this. The President just recently found this out & how can you as a doctor imnfect someone with a disease knowing what it does, especially to someone whose already sick and suffering; its inhumane.



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