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Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial times to the Present

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From the era of slavery to the present day, the first full history of black America’s shocking mistreatment as unwilling and unwitting experimental subjects at the hands of the medical establishment.

Medical Apartheid is the first and only comprehensive history of medical experimentation on African Americans. Starting with the earliest encounters between black Americans and Western medical researchers and the racist pseudoscience that resulted, it details the ways both slaves and freedmen were used in hospitals for experiments conducted without their knowledge—a tradition that continues today within some black populations. It reveals how blacks have historically been prey to grave-robbing as well as unauthorized autopsies and dissections. Moving into the twentieth century, it shows how the pseudoscience of eugenics and social Darwinism was used to justify experimental exploitation and shoddy medical treatment of blacks, and the view that they were biologically inferior, oversexed, and unfit for adult responsibilities. Shocking new details about the government’s notorious Tuskegee experiment are revealed, as are similar, less-well-known medical atrocities conducted by the government, the armed forces, prisons, and private institutions.

The product of years of prodigious research into medical journals and experimental reports long undisturbed, Medical Apartheid reveals the hidden underbelly of scientific research and makes possible, for the first time, an understanding of the roots of the African American health deficit. At last, it provides the fullest possible context for comprehending the behavioral fallout that has caused black Americans to view researchers—and indeed the whole medical establishment—with such deep distrust. No one concerned with issues of public health and racial justice can afford not to read Medical Apartheid, a masterful book that will stir up both controversy and long-needed debate.

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Provides a provocative study of the history of medical experimentation on African Americans, from the colonial era to the present day, revealing the experimental exploitation and poor medical treatment suffered by blacks, often without any form of consent, and offering new details about the infamous Tuskegee experiment and other medical atrocities. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

From the era of slavery to the present day, the first full history of black America's shocking mistreatment as unwilling and unwitting experimental subjects at the hands of the medical establishment.

Medical Apartheid is the first and only comprehensive history of medical experimentation on African Americans. Starting with the earliest encounters between black Americans and Western medical researchers and the racist pseudoscience that resulted, it details the ways both slaves and freedmen were used in hospitals for experiments conducted without their knowledge a tradition that continues today within some black populations. It reveals how blacks have historically been prey to grave-robbing as well as un

Table of Contents

Introduction: The American janus of medicine and race — pt. 1. A troubling tradition — Southern discomfort: medical exploitation on the plantation — Profitable wonders: antebellum medical experimentation with slaves and freedmen — Circus Africanus: the popular display of Black bodies — The surgical theater: Black bodies in the antebellum clinic — The restless dead: anatomical dissection and display — Diagnosis: freedom: the Civil War, Emancipation, and Fin de Sicle medical research — "A notoriously syphilis-soaked race": what really happened at Tuskegee? — pt. 2. The usual subjects — The black stork: the eugenic control of African American reproduction — Nuclear winter: radiation experiments on African Americans — Caged subjects: research on Black prisoners — The children's crusade: research targets young African Americans — pt. 3. Race, technology, and medicine — Genetic perdition: the rise of molecular bias — Infection and inequity: illness as crime — The machine age: African American martyrs to surgical technology — Aberrant wars: American bioterrorism targets Blacks — Epilogue: Medical research with blacks today.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780767929394
Subtitle:
The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial times to the Present
Publisher:
Harlem Moon
Creator:
Harriet A. Washington
Author:
Washington, Harriet A.
Author:
Harriet A. Washington
Subject:
Medical : History
Subject:
Medical : Ethics
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ethics
Subject:
Health and Medicine-History of Medicine
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Politics of Health Care
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Professional Medical Reference
Subject:
African American Studies-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080108
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
501

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"Synopsis" by , Provides a provocative study of the history of medical experimentation on African Americans, from the colonial era to the present day, revealing the experimental exploitation and poor medical treatment suffered by blacks, often without any form of consent, and offering new details about the infamous Tuskegee experiment and other medical atrocities. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , From the era of slavery to the present day, the first full history of black America's shocking mistreatment as unwilling and unwitting experimental subjects at the hands of the medical establishment.

Medical Apartheid is the first and only comprehensive history of medical experimentation on African Americans. Starting with the earliest encounters between black Americans and Western medical researchers and the racist pseudoscience that resulted, it details the ways both slaves and freedmen were used in hospitals for experiments conducted without their knowledge a tradition that continues today within some black populations. It reveals how blacks have historically been prey to grave-robbing as well as un

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