In today's Totally Fucked-Up Shit Your Country Did news, the U.S. government says it is sowwies for giving syphilis to nearly 700 Guatemalan women, prison inmates and mentally ill patients in the 1940s…
On Friday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius offered extensive apologies for actions taken by the U.S. Public Health Service.
"The sexually transmitted disease inoculation study conducted from 1946-1948 in Guatemala was clearly unethical," according to the joint statement from Clinton and Sebelius. "Although these events occurred more than 64 years ago, we are outraged that such reprehensible research could have occurred under the guise of public health. We deeply regret that it happened, and we apologize to all the individuals who were affected by such abhorrent research practices."
Professor Susan Reverby of Wellesley College discovered the Guatemalan project while researching the notorious Tuskegee experiment, which deliberately left black American men untreated for syphilis.
The sadistic fuckstick at the center of both of these projects? Dr. John C. Cutler, the asshole who continued to defend the Tuskegee experiment even into the 1990s. Unfortunately, he died in 2003, so there is nowhere to send your hate-mail. We do, however, have a comments suggestion. It's good for working your nerves.
Tags: Guatemala, Health, Hillary Clinton, Kathleen Sebelius, Sex