Wellesley Professor Makes Astonishing Discovery About Secret U.S. Medical Experiments

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Wellesley professor Susan Reverby. (Courtesy photo.)
Wellesley professor Susan Reverby. (Courtesy photo.)

From 1946-1948, the U.S. government deliberately and secretly infected hundreds of Guatemalans with syphilis and gonorrhea as part of a public health study on sexually transmitted diseases. Most of those infected were treated, but at least one died. They were prisoners, soldiers and mental patients who likely had no idea what was happening to them. Virtually no one else would know what happened to them either if it weren't for Wellesley professor Susan Reverby, who stumbled across evidence of the study while researching the now infamous syphilis study conducted in Tuskegee, Alabama.

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