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Application: The Tuskegee Syphilis Study-Applying the Four Ethical Principles

What role do ethics play in medical research?




The Tuskegee Syphilis Study is one of the most important landmark cases related to ethics in medical research. It offers chilling insight into why ethics is so critically important to the advancement of medical research and practice.




To prepare for this Application, review this week's Learning Resources, paying close attention to those related to the four ethical principles and the Tuskegee Syphilis Study. Consider how the four ethical principles of autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficense, and justice can be applied to this historic case.

To complete this Application, write a 2-page paper that addresses the following:




  • Summarize the Tuskegee Syphilis Study.

  • Identify how each of the four ethical principles can be applied to the case.

  • What are some of the legal and ethical lessons that can be learned from the Syphilis Tuskegee Study?


    Your written assignments must follow APA guidelines. Be sure to support your work with specific citations from this week's Learning Resources and additional scholarly sources as appropriate.

    Submit your Application by October 15, 2016.


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