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Essay 2: Ethics of the Tuskegee Research ProjectAn icon of paper with lines on it symbolizing Lecture.

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The purpose of this essay is to apply your knowledge of universalism or utilitarianism to a historic medical ethics case.


After reading about the syphilis research project involving 600 black men, which began in 1932 and lasted for 40 years, respond to the following:

  • What were the ethical implications of the decisions taken at the time of the study?
  • How can you apply the learning from this module (either universalism or utilitarianism) to the Tuskegee case?

Your research should be documented by citing one or more credible sources such as a newspaper, a biographic article, book, or website. 

Be sure to check your essay for grammar and spelling errors before you submit it. SmartThinking——is available to assist you with your writing.

Your essay should be 350–500 words in length, single spaced, and in APA format.

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