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VA, a symposium was held entitled "Doing Bad in the Name of Good?: The Tuskegee Syphilis Study and Its Legacy." Resulting from this gathering was the creation of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study Legacy Committee which met for the first time in January 18th & 19th of 1996. The committee had two goals; (1) to persuade President Clinton to apologize on behalf of the government for the atrocities of the study and (2) to develop a strategy to address the damages of the study to the psyche of African-Americans and others about the ethical behavior of government-led research; rebuilding the reputation of Tuskegee through public education about the study, developing a c l e a r i n g h o u s e o n the ethics of scientific research and scholarship and assembling training programs for health care providers. A f t e r i n t e n s i v e d i s c u s s i o n s , t h e C o m m i t t e e ' s f i n a l report in May of 1996 urged President Clinton to apologize fo r t h e e m o t i o n a l , medical, research and psychological damage of the study. On May 16th at a White House ceremony attended by the men, members of the Legacy Committee and others r e p r e s e n t i n g t h e medical and research communities, the apology was delivered to the surviving participants of the study and families of the deceased.
Tuskegee Experiment: The Infamous Syphilis Study
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Dr. Eric Clark officiating