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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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ISBN-10: 076791547X

ISBN-13: 9780767915472

Edition: N/A

Authors: Harriet A. Washington

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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 Apartheidis 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 Apartheidreveals 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 readMedical Apartheid, a masterful book that will stir up both controversy and long-needed debate.
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Book details

List price: $17.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/8/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Introduction: The American Janus of Medicine and Race
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 Siecle Medical Research
"A Notoriously Syphilis-Soaked Race": What Really Happened at Tuskegee?
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
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