University of Virginia Historical Collections at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library

Tuskegee Syphilis Study Symposium at the University of Virginia — February 23, 1994

Coming to Terms with Unethical Medical Research: Tuskegee Symposium Overview at the University of Virginia

From left to right: Dr. James H. Jones, author of Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, the modern classic of race and medicine; Symposium coordinator Joan Echtenkamp Klein of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library; Dr. Vanessa Northington Gamble, M.D., chair of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study Legacy Committee; and Dr. Susan Reverby, Luella LaMer Associate Professor in Women's Studies at Wellesley College.

From left to right: Dr. James H. Jones, author of Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, the modern classic of race and medicine; Symposium coordinator Joan Echtenkamp Klein of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library; Dr. Vanessa Northington Gamble, M.D., chair of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study Legacy Committee; and Dr. Susan Reverby, Luella LaMer Associate Professor in Women’s Studies at Wellesley College.

An important starting point for the renewal of dialogue about the Tuskegee Syphilis Study was the symposium, “Doing Bad in the Name of Good?: The Tuskegee Syphilis Study and its Legacy,” convened on Wednesday, February 23, 1994 at the University of Virginia Claude Moore Health Sciences Library. The five-hour symposium undertook to apply historical perspective on the Tuskegee Study to the current problems of cultural difference in perceptions of health care workers and the appropriate nexus of scientific research and human rights. Summaries of the talks are provided below.

Speakers and Film

A question and answer session concluded the program.