Miss Evers' boys

by David Feldshuh

Paperback, 1995

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Available

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New York : Dramatists Play Service, 1995.

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In 1932, Nurse Eunice Evers is invited to work with doctors on the "Tuskegee Experiment" to study the effects of syphilis. She is faced with a terrible dilemma when she learns the patients are denied treatment that could cure them.

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LibraryThing member Devil_llama
A dramatization of the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment. The author uses fictional characters to demonstrate just how people can begin doing the right thing and then over time gradually devolve into ethically questionable behavior and then begin making rationalizations about why they were unable to do te moral thing, or why what they were doing was the moral choice. In this text, the idea of sacrificing a few people to potentially save a lot is explored. It is made worse by the fact that the scope of the study was way beyond what was needed, and could have been halted years before it was. While the bulk of the responsibility probably lies with the government refusal to fund health service for poor blacks, science also has to take a good hard look - and eventually developed more ethical controls to hopefully prevent such excesses again.… (more)

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