Medical Conspiracy/Crime #3
The Guatemala Syphilis experiments are sort of like the Tuskegee experiment’s unknown little brother. While in Tuskegee, the patients were exposed to syphilis naturally and then denied treatment… In Guatemala, they deliberately infected patients in the mental asylum and prisoners with syphilis.
Then they used different chemicals to see what would prevent the spread of syphilis. Infected patients were then later treated with penicilin.
The scariest part is that is that the person who spearheaded this experiment was a very respected physician.
John Charles Cutler, M.D. (June 29, 1915 – February 8, 2003) was a senior surgeon, and the acting chief of the venereal disease program in the United States Public Health Service.
Following his death in 2003, his involvement in several controversial and unethical medical experiments regarding syphilis was revealed, including the Guatemala and the Tuskegee syphilis experiment.