Miss Evers' Boys (Based on the True Story of the Infamous Tuskegee Experiment)
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Based on the play by David Feldshuh. Alfre Woodard and Laurence Fishburne star. In 1932 Nurse Eunice Evers is invited to work with doctors on the Tuskegee Experiment to study the effect of syphilis. She is faced with a terrible dilemma with she learns the patients are denied treatment that could cure them. Available from Amazon.com. "Based on the shocking true story, Miss Evers's Boys exposes a 40- year government-backed medical research effort on humans which led to tragic consequences. It is 1932 when loyal, devoted Nurse Eunice Evers is invited to work with Dr. Brodus and Dr. Douglas on a federally funded program to treat syphilis patients in Alabama. Free treatment is offered to those who test positive for the disease, including Calib Humphries and Willie Johnson. But when the government withdraws its funding, money is offered for what will become known as "the Tuskegee Experiment", a study of the effects of syphilis on patients who don't receive treatment. Now the men must be led to believe they are being cared for, when in fact they are being denied the medicine that could cure them. Miss Evers is faced with a terrible dilemma--to abandon the experiment and tell her patients, or to remain silent and offer only comfort. It is a life or death decision that will dictate the course not only of her life, but the lives of all of Miss Evers' boys. [description from cassette box]
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Unknown creator (1993)This video examines the ethical issues raised by the Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male (1932- 1972). Issues are presented through acted excepts from David Feldshuh's play Miss Evers' Boys and comments ...