Medical Ethics Gone AWRY in the USA

Saul Krugman experimented on children at the Willowbrook Institution.

After reading the unfortunate story of what happened in Catholic-run orphanages in Ireland, one would think that, that probably was the only horror story of its type. Think again. A similar medical research travesty took place right on Staten Island, New York, USA in which mentally retarded children were intentionally infected with hepatitis in an experiment that lasted fourteen years. It’s known as the “Willowbrook Experiments.”

That research was to investigate the effectiveness of gamma globulin in immunization against hepatitis. Need I say more? As far as I can ascertain—since most of the information about Willowbrook has been expunged from public records, even on the Internet—two trials were conducted and there were deaths that occurred.

The Lancet published “The Willowbrook Letters” in four issues during 1971: April 10, May 8, June 5, and July 10.

Then there was the Tuskegee Syphilis Study that lasted forty years ending November 16, 1972, that involved men who deliberately were medically mismanaged for syphilis to see what would happen when syphilis ran its normal course. As a result, at least 40 wives had been infected along with19 children who contracted syphilis from birth.

In an unethical and immoral research study regarding syphilis, penicillin—the anti-syphilitic treatment since 1943—was not administered to and deliberately withheld from 399 black men (African Americans) with latent syphilis. How outrageously cruel! That is not medical science; that is medical malpractice, I’d say.

Eight months after the Tuskegee study was abandoned, a $1.8 Billion class action lawsuit was filed against the institutions and individuals involved. The government agreed to a distribution of $10 million to living and deceased participants in the Tuskegee study.

In retrospect the Tuskegee Syphilis Study may have been a catalyst for the U.S. Congress enacting the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 (Public Law 99-660) that exonerates vaccine makers from being financially liable for damages to children and others due to the vaccines they manufacture.

However, U.S. vaccine manufacturers now take their wares to foreign and third world countries where vaccine trials are undertaken, often under the guise of providing free vaccines to protect infants and children. One such event happened in India where “Gardasil and Cervarix HPV Vaccine Trials Halted in India After Deaths.”


It boggles the mind how medical ethics can go awry and no one in the profession has the gumption to blow the whistle. Perhaps the old adage, Birds of a feather flock together, really applies to the old boys network, the medical profession. That’s why parents have to become educated about vaccines: the facts, the lies, the science, the pseudo-science, the hype, the media spin, the consequences and the chances of having a disabled child once their child is vaccinated. That is very real and truly life altering.

As the Irish orphanage story and the Willowbrook and Tuskegee stories reveal, medical science and ethics apparently don’t give a damn.

Photo Credit: Family MWR

Catherine J. Frompovich

Catherine J Frompovich is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting. Catherine is an editor and writing consultant who helps authors get into publication. For numerous semesters she taught several writing courses for a suburban Philadelphia school district’s Adult Evening School. Her passion is assisting and guiding authors into print. Catherine’s latest book, A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments, will be available on Amazon.com and as a Kindle eBook sometime in July 2012. Two of Catherine’s more recent books on Amazon.com are Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) and Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008).

  • Dr. G

    When Nuns, Priests, or other clergy do such deeds they are knowingly breaking universal moral laws, they know they are in the wrong.  Their cruelty may sleep when their conscience, (hopefully) at some point forces them to turn from, confess, and atone for their reprehensible acts. 

    These medical and political busy bodies who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for their “conscience” and their pocket book approves, thus they feel their actions are justified.

    No system is perfect, but this medicototalitrianism will undo all human sacredness and sanctity.  If you thought the torture, maiming, genocide, infanticide, and experimentation performed at the hands of clergy was bad, wait until a govt. funded Dr. with no moral scruples gets you in his laboratory!!!

    Great reporting Catherine keep up the good work.

  • Davidjohnkenna

    It is important to realise that collective nouns such as nuns and priests generalise to every
    nun and every priest which is of course absurd. And the same can be said of doctors
    not all doctors are monsters, some are sincere, competent and dedicated to helping people.
    It needs to be understood that medical training is in the hands of Pharma. They sponsor the universities provide laboratories and facilities and have most of the senior training staff in their pocket. They therefore get to call the tune and that tune is about what is in the best interests of Pharma and its about profit. Not patient care, not cures for cancer, diabetes or heart problems
    but profit. Some trainee doctors at Harvard got to understand this and a revolt took place when— http://www.ahrp.org/cms/content/view/523/9/.
    Once they are trained they are duty and legally bound to carry out the protocols and procedures they have been taught. Their learning which cost them a great deal of money involves the promotion of Pharma interests ie drug trials, drug promotion and  drug sales.
    Once you are clear about their role you will have realistic expectations. You as a patient know you are going to get the Pharma model. like  it or not. Unless you come across alternatives
    to the conventional medical model but will the insurance pay for alternatives… probably not. and  but at least now with the internet any patient can find masses of medical and other opinions about every disease going with the drugs available to treat the condition, the possible adverse effects, the tests needed etc plus the alternative approaches like Accupuncture, Homeopathy
    Naturopathy etc.

    Of course the question for an individual patient is what sort of doctor is the doctor treating me?
    is he a good one or a bad one or in between? And how would a patient know? Many patients think the doctor is god and knows it all. He or she isn’t and doesn’t.
    For example 9 million unnecessary surgical procedures take place every year according to  veteran campaigner Gary Null Phd. Over a ten year period that amounts almost a third of the 
    population!!. Thats surgeons for you? Not all surgeons but caveat emptor. Let the buyer beware.

    The above article Tuskegee Syphilis Study  about experimenting with innocent people is absolutely disgusting and the perpetrators need their licences revoked and thrown in jail for life
    and along with them the politicians and others who sanctioned such behaviour.
    It seems the Nazis  are alive and well in the US and only articles like this make the community aware what is going on in their name.
    Once aware the community need to make their voice heard loud and clear and vote out the
    political party who support this and stop going to doctors who are furthering Pharma aims at their expense and stop buying Pharma products advertised on the TV.
    Once that happens the community will have their full attention and can make the demands needed to have a caring Health service and politicians who respect the people who put them in power..

  • Carmen

    Enough of the jewish canard of blaming the “NAZIS” MR. Some of us have had quite enough of this German bashing. Damage control works no more. They were National Socialists and don’t you forget it………..