What We'll Never Know About The Study In Which Black Deaths Mattered
The reporter who helped end the infamous Tuskegee syphilis study discusses what we may never know about the study's origin or its effects.By Christian Bryant | August 25, 2016
For 40 years, the U.S. government-operated Public Health Service conducted what was known as the Tuskegee syphilis study — one of the darkest chapters in American history. Now, over 40 years after the study ended, we still don't know — and might never know — the full extent of its effects.
"We have no idea how many wives, girlfriends, children inherited the disease and also died or were forever crippled by its effects," former Associated Press reporter Jean Heller said.
And the study might have continued if not for a 1972 article from Heller.