Intentional syphilis infection without consent, followed by no treatment
Early in the 20th Century, scientists wanted to see what would happen if they denied treatment to patients with syphilis.
Displeased with the complicated rules for human subjects in the U.S., researchers took their studies south, into Guatamala. There, they injected syphilis and gonorrhea into unwitting residents of the small country in Central America, many of them children.
In the present day, human rights activists try to help the victims and their descendants rebuild their broken lives after decades of untreated disease.