Medical Experimentation: Another Tuskegee Study or Beneficial Research?

Analyze Albert M. Kligman’s argument that prisoners should be brought back into medical testing.

Recent research has discovered that while HIV infection is relatively high in prison, the majority of those infected arrive at prison with the disease. Because of the five times higher HIV infection rate within prisons when compared with the general population and similarly high rates of hepatitis C, some medical professionals suggest allowing for controlled experimentation on inmates to test drugs to combat these two infections. Do you agree with Dr. Albert M. Kligman that prisoners should again be involved in medical trials? Describe your vision of the problem. How ethical are these experiments?