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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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Awards

2007 National Book Critics Circle Award Winner for Nonfiction

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"While the worst abuses have been eliminated...African-American skepticism about the medical establishment and reluctance to participate in medical research is an unfortunate result....Sweeping and powerful." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[A] fascinating, chilling and important book." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"Intellectually, I am pleased that I read it. Emotionally, I cannot drive the ugliness of its findings from my mind." Dallas Morning News

Review:

"Although Washington is careful to let the facts speak for themselves, she writes with a tone of understandable outrage at long-tolerated and long-excused medical racism." Hartford Courant

About the Author

Harriet A. Washington has been a fellow in ethics at the Harvard Medical School, a fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, and a senior research scholar at the National Center for Bioethics at Tuskegee University. As a journalist and editor, she has worked for USA Today and several other publications, been a Knight Fellow at Stanford University and has written for such academic forums as the Harvard Public Health Review and The New England Journal of Medicine. She is the recipient of several prestigious awards for her work. Washington lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780767915472
Author:
Washington, Harriet A.
Publisher:
Harlem Moon
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ethics
Subject:
Health and Medicine-History of Medicine
Subject:
history;medicine;non-fiction;race;african american;racism;history of medicine;african americans;medical;science;medical experimentation;medical ethics;eugenics;social justice
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16-PAGE BandW PHOTO INSERT
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
8.18x5.52x1.10 in. .90 lbs.

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Product details 528 pages Harlem Moon - English 9780767915472 Reviews:
"Review" by , "While the worst abuses have been eliminated...African-American skepticism about the medical establishment and reluctance to participate in medical research is an unfortunate result....Sweeping and powerful."
"Review" by , "[A] fascinating, chilling and important book."
"Review" by , "Intellectually, I am pleased that I read it. Emotionally, I cannot drive the ugliness of its findings from my mind."
"Review" by , "Although Washington is careful to let the facts speak for themselves, she writes with a tone of understandable outrage at long-tolerated and long-excused medical racism."
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