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The crime of the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment isn’t so much that it was a stupid experiment—medicine improves only through clever experiments, and stupidity is seldom criminal. What made Tuskegee so shameful was that a cure for syphilis had finally been discovered, but news of the cure was deliberately kept from the patients who needed it the most, those with tertiary stage syphilis, just so investigators could see how they died.