Lecture by Daniel P Sulmasy, MD, University of Chicago at Tel Aviv University discussing STD research in Guatemala prior to the much publicised Tuskegee project. The Guatemalan work included deception/misleading participants, infecting healthy people, denying ‘efficacious’ treatment, re-infecting participants, persons living with mental illness, persons aged under eighteen years of age, indigenous people, commercial sex workers and at least one participant who was terminally ill. This work was being conducted at the same time as the Nuremberg War Trials. This lecture explores the ethical features of this case, discusses the ethical guidance of the time, questions the methodological merit of the work, and touches on its resonance with work that might be currently underway. Also discusses some research integrity matters related to this work.
Sulmasy, D. (2015, April 14). Ethics and History: STD Research in Guatemala from 1946 to 1948 [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKtB2R9H5o4.