Journal Title:  Journal of Pharmacy Teaching | Vol:  7 | Issue:  1 | Year:  1999   
Print ISSN:  1044-0054 | Online ISSN:     

UsingBad Blood as a Teaching Tool in a Pharmacy Ethics Class

Betsy Sleath
David Work

pages: 47 - 58


This paper describes the experience of two instructors who used James Jone's Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syphillis Experiment as a required textbook in a pharmacy law and ethics class. All students were required to read the book and write a four- to six-page reaction paper that discussed what ethical principles were violated in the experiment and how reading the book would influence their practice of pharmacy. The paper includes student reflections on how the principles of beneficence, nonmaleficence, veracity, fidelity, and justice were broken in the experiment. Over 85% of the students stated that reading the book would influence their future practice of pharmacy.