Dr Tom Kerns
North Seattle Community College


Assignment for Week Six

Please finish reading the play and begin posting your answers to the SQs and DQs by Saturday, and finish the posting of your first answers by Monday evening or Tuesday morning. The remaining days of the week (Tue & Wed) will be used for continuing the discussion of the postings.

This week we begin to focus our attention on human subjects research, i.e., biomedical research involving the use of human beings as research subjects.

This week's work includes the following.


The play we're reading this week is a fictional depiction of a real study that was actually done, The Tuskegee Syphilis Study. You read only a little about it this past week. It is important to keep in mind that what we are reading and discussing this week is fiction, but there was a real study that had many of the same features as the study described in our play.

It would be interesting to see what you can find out on the web about the actual study and its aftermath. One place to start might be here.

By far the best, most readable, and most authoritative account of the Tuskegee Study is James Jones' book, Bad Blood. You could, if you wanted to, read a few pages from it for free at amazon.com.