Professor Susan Reverby of Wellesley College
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US saw medical tests as 'a war against a disease'

Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom has said the US committed "crimes against humanity" in a study that infected hundreds of Guatemalans with gonorrhoea and syphilis more than 60 years ago.

President Barack Obama has apologised for the medical tests, in which mentally ill patients and prisoners were infected without their consent.

Professor Susan Reverby of Wellesley College uncovered the evidence of the programme.

She said those who carried out the experiments saw themselves as being ''at war against a disease''.

  • 02 Oct 2010