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CDC report on findings from the U.S. Public Health Service sexually transmitted disease inoculation study of 1946-1948, based on review of archived papers of John Cutler, MD, at the University of Pittsburgh
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    29 September 2010

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    U.S. Public Health Service sexually transmitted disease inoculation study of 1946-1948
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    "From 1946-1948, the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Venereal Disease Research Laboratory (VDRL) and the Pan-American Sanitary Bureau collaborated with several government agencies in Guatemala on U.S. National Institutes of Health-funded studies involving deliberate exposure of human subjects with bacteria that cause sexually transmitted diseases (STD). Guatemalan partners included the Guatemalan Ministry of Health, the National Army of the Revolution, the National Mental Health Hospital, and the Ministry of Justice. Studies were conducted under the on-site direction of John C. Cutler, MD, in Guatemala City, who worked under the supervision of R.C. Arnold, MD, and John F. Mahoney, MD, of the USPHS VDRL in Staten Island, New York. The primary local collaborator was Dr. Juan Funes, chief of the VD control division of the Guatemalan Sanidad Publica. The work by Dr. Cutler and VDRL colleagues was recently brought to light by Professor Susan Reverby of Wellesley College, as a result of archival work conducted as part of the research of her 2009 book on PHS syphilis studies, Examining Tuskegee. Her article on the STD Inoculation studies is scheduled to be published in the Journal of Policy Studies in January 2011 and will be available on her departmental homepage in October 2010 ( Upon learning of Professor Reverby's work, staff from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted a review of materials in the papers of Dr. Cutler, archived at the University of Pittsburgh. These papers included several summary reports, experimental logs, correspondence between Dr. Cutler and professional colleagues, and subject-specific records. The findings from this review are consistent with the observations to be published in Dr. Reverby's paper..." - p. [1]
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    "29 September 2010." Mode of access: Internet from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Web site as an Acrobat .pdf file (104.5 KB, 27 p.).
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