The crime of the Tuskegee syphilis experiment was that the cure for syphilis was kept secret from 399 black men with syphilis for almost 40 years. The experiment, which began in 1939, wasn't exposed until 1972. The point, such as it was, was to follow the natural history of untreated syphilis.
For the past 7 years, the world has been exposed to a public health crime on a vastly larger scale. Again, people of color--blacks and Hispanics--are affected more than whites. This time the crime consists of keeping the cure for another common disease, chronic kidney failure, secret.
In September, 2002, I published an article in a peer-reviewed medical journal, Diabetes and Technology Therapeutics, showing that early-stage kidney failure due to diabetes or high blood pressure could actually be reversed. These two diseases cause 90-95% of kidney failure.
The media wouldn't take my word for it. They needed somebody to "second" the paper.
Nobody in the renal community has come forward: not for-profit nephrologists, not non-profit foundations supposedly searching for a cure (with tax-payers' money), not state or federal agencies who again are using tax-payers' money supposedly to find a cure.
As a result, 100,000 people a year have gone on dialysis for the past 6 years in the US alone.
It's a sad day when medicine no longer wants to cure common diseases because they bring in too much money for the healthcare industry.
Healthcare reform needs to start with this example. In healthcare, quality improvement is job #1, not access.
Dave Moskowitz MD
"The public health company(tm)"
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