Baltimore Lead Study
September 19, 2011 3:08 AM Subscribe
An experiment done in the 1990s exposed children to various levels of lead.
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The lawsuit filed in 2001 by the parents of over 100 participants accuses the Kennedy Krieger Institute that the scientists knowingly used the kids as test subjects in toxic dust control study.
The goal of the study was to find ways of cleaning the old Baltimore houses of lead and to protect the children from further contamination. The participants were moved to places where they will be safe - that, at least, was the parents' understanding when they signed the consent forms. But for some children the opposite turned out to be true. The parallels to the infamous Tuskegee syphilis experiment
are drawn - the children, coming from the poor parts of Baltimore, were black.