Some of us will never learn.
As always there seems to be one of us conspiring with our enemies to bring "the sheep to slaughter". And so it was with the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiments.
It seems that the poor Black folks who could not otherwise afford heath care coverage where given:
There, patients would receive free physical examinations at Tuskegee University, free rides to and from the clinic, hot meals on examination days, and free treatment for minor ailments
There was a Black female who was a nurse during the study from day one who's job it was to ensare all Black males seeking medical help for their condition into the program:
Nurse Eunice Rivers was an African American nurse who trained at Tuskegee and was recruited from the John Andrew Hospital when the study began. Dr. Vonderlehr became a strong advocate for her role. As the study became a constant fixture within the PHS, Nurse Rivers became the chief continuity person and was the only staff person to work with the study for all 40 years of its existence. By the 1950s, Nurse Rivers had become pivotal to the study—her personal knowledge of all the subjects allowed the very long follow up to be maintained.
As we hear all of the proposals for free health care today - I wonder why the phrase that is heard so often otherwise is not being broadcasted:
"Those who don't know their history are doomed to repeat it"