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Bad Blood

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From 1932 to 1972, the United States Public Health Service conducted a non-therapeutic experiment involving over 400 black male sharecroppers infected with syphilis. The Tuskegee Study had nothing to do with treatment. Its purpose was to trace the spontaneous evolution of the disease in order to learn how syphilis affected black subjects.

From 1932 to 1972, the United States Public Health Service conducted a non-therapeutic experiment involving over 400 black male sharecroppers infected with syphilis. The Tuskegee Study had nothing to do with treatment. Its purpose was to trace the spontaneous evolution of the disease in order to learn how syphilis affected black subjects.

The men were not told they had syphilis; they were not warned about what the disease might do to them; and, with the exception of a smattering of medication during the first few months, they were not given health care. Instead of the powerful drugs they required, they were given aspirin for their aches and pains. Health officials systematically deceived the men into believing they were patients in a government study of “bad blood”, a catch-all phrase black sharecroppers used to describe a host of illnesses. At the end of this 40 year deathwatch, more than 100 men had died from syphilis or related complications.

“Bad Blood” provides compelling answers to the question of how such a tragedy could have been allowed to occur. Tracing the evolution of medical ethics and the nature of decision making in bureaucracies, Jones attempted to show that the Tuskegee Study was not, in fact, an aberration, but a logical outgrowth of race relations and medical practice in the United States.

Now, in this revised edition of “Bad Blood”, Jones traces the tragic consequences of the Tuskegee Study over the last decade. A new introduction explains why the Tuskegee Study has become a symbol of black oppression and a metaphor for medical neglect, inspiring a prize-winning play, a Nova special, and a motion picture. A new concluding chapter shows how the black community's wide-spread anger and distrust caused by the Tuskegee Study has hampered efforts by health officials to combat AIDS in the black community. “Bad Blood” was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and was one of the “N.Y. Times” 12 best books of the year.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references and indexes.

About the Author

James H. Jones is associate professor of history at the University of Houston. He lives in Houston, Texas. He received his Ph.D. in history from Indiana University and has held a Kennedy Fellowship in Bioethics at Harvard University, served as a senior research fellow at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University, and recently held senior fellowships from both the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Rockefeller Foundation. He published the first edition of Bad Blood in 1981 to critical acclaim. It was a Main Selection of the History Book Club and a New York Times Best Books of 1981 and has inspired a play, a PBS Nova special, and a motion picture.

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface to the New and Expanded Edition

Acknowledgments

A Note on Spelling and Punctuation

1 "A Moral Astigmatism"

2 "A Notoriously Syphilis-Soaked Race"

3 "Disease Germs Are the Most Democratic Creatures in the World"

4 "Holding High Wasserman in the Marketplace"

5 "The Dr. Ain't Taking Sticks"

6 "Buying Ear Muffs for the Hottentots"

7 "It Will Either Cover Us with Mud or Glory"

8 "Last Chance for Special Free Treatment"

9 "Bringing Them to Autopsy"

10 "The Joy of My Life"

11 "Even at Risk of Shortening Life"

12 "Nothing Learned Will Prevent, Find, or Cure a Single Case"

13 "I Ain't Never Understood the Study"

14 "AIDS: Is It Genocide?"

Notes

A Note on Sources

Indexes

About the Author

Product Details

ISBN:
9780029166765
Other:
Jones, James Howard
Author:
Jones
Author:
Jones, James H.
Author:
Jones, James Howard
Publisher:
Free Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
African American Studies - History
Subject:
Medical sciences
Subject:
Ethics
Subject:
AIDS (Disease)
Subject:
Blacks
Subject:
Pathology
Subject:
Human experimentation in medicine
Subject:
Syphilis
Subject:
Aids
Subject:
Human experimentation.
Subject:
Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.
Subject:
AIDS (Disease) -- United States.
Subject:
African American men
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Human experimentation in medicine - Alabama -
Subject:
Tuskegee Syphilis Study.
Subject:
African American Studies-Black Heritage
Subject:
African American Studies-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
93-2
Publication Date:
19921205
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in 12.705 oz

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