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Susan M. Reverby’s research on an immoral government medical study in Guatemala between 1946-48 where men and women were given syphilis led to a U.S. government response from the Secretaries of the Departments of State and Health and Human Services and an apology from President Obama to President Colom of Guatemala. The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, at President Obama's request, is exploring the historical context of the research in Guatemala and current human subject protections. Reverby sat in at some recent meetings of the Commission. 

"Normal Exposure" and Inoculation Syphilis: A PHS "Tuskegee" Doctor in Guatemala, 1946-1948Journal of Policy History, Volume 23, Number 1, 2011, pp. 6-28. Available in Project Muse.


"Ethical Failures and History Lessons: The U.S. Public Health Service Research Studies in Tuskegee and Guatemala", Susan Reverby,PhD, Public Health Reviews, Vol. 34. No. 1

"The Art of Medicine: Listening to Narratives from the Tuskegee Syphilis Study", Vol 377, May 14, 2011

Invoking "Tuskegee": Problems in Health Disparities, Genetic Assumptions, and History. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, Vol. 21 (Supplement 2010): 26-34.

"""A New Lesson from the old 'Tuskegee' Study" Huffington Post, Dec. 4, 2009.

"Continuity and Contingency: The Medical-Historical World according to Charles E. Rosenberg"with Nancy Tomes. Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 2008.

"Don't Fence Me In": Connecting Irony to Power in the Scholarship of Charles E. RosenbergJournal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 2008.

"Special Treatment: BiDil, Tuskegee, and the Logic of Race," Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 36 (Fall 2008): 478-84. Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, Fall 2008.

"Inclusion and Exclusion: The Politics of History, Difference, and Medical Research" Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 2007.

Racial Categories in Medical Pratice: How Useful Are They? Plos Medicine, 2007.

"The Science and Business of Genetic Ancestry Testing" Science, 2007.

With Susan E. Bell. "Vaginal Politics: Tensions and Possibilities in The Vagina Monolgoues," in Women' Studies International Forum, 2005.

With David Rosner. " 'Beyond The Great Doctors' Revisited" in Locating Medical History: Stories and their Meanings, ed Frank Huisman and John Harley Warner, 2004.

"More Than Fact and Fiction: Cultural Memory and the Tuskegee Syphilis Study" Hastings Center Report, 2001.

"Tuskegee: could it happen again?" Postgraduate Medical Journal: The Journal of Continuing Medical Education, 2001.

With Rosanna Hertz. "Gentility, Gender, and Political Protest: The Barbara Bush Controversy at Wellesley College" in Gender & Society: Sociologists for Women in Society, 1995.

"History of an Apology: From Tuskegee to the White House" Research Nurse 3, (July/August 1997): 1-9.