Meet Dr. Susan Reverby, Author of "Examining Tuskegee: The Infamous Syphilis Study and Its Legacy"
On Thursday and Friday of this week, the TU Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa will mark its 25th anniversary with a symposium here on campus regarding the moral and ethical issues involved in human medical research. The event is entitled "Protecting Human Subjects from Harm: Traversing the Moral & Legal Boundaries of Biomedical Research" and is described in detail at this link. Our guest on ST is the scholar who'll give the keynote address at this event: Dr. Susan Mokotoff Reverby is the Marion Butler McLean Professor in the History of Ideas as well as a Professor of Women's & Gender Studies at Wellesley College. Her address, "Escaping Melodramas: Reflections on Telling the Histories of the Public Health Service's Research in Tuskegee and Guatemala," will occur on Thursday the 10th at 6:30pm in TU's Allen Chapman Activity Center. Dr. Reverby is an acclaimed scholar and award-winning author. Her research into the notorious Tuskegee Study --- a 40-year "syphilis experiment" that affected the lives of hundreds of impoverished sharecroppers from Macon County, Alabama --- along with her more recent discovery of the similar abuses of patients in medical experiments by U.S. Public Health Service physicians in Guatemala in the 1940s, led to official apologies by two different American Presidents. Dr. Reverby chats with us about her fascinating and ongoing research, and about certain of her findings over the years.