Medical Apartheid

Medical Apartheid

The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans From Colonial Times to the Present

Book - 2006
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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.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385509930
Branch Call Number: 174.28
Characteristics: x, 501 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.


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Nov 08, 2017

I enjoyed every bit of reading this book, definitely well written, easy to read and has you wanting more. I think the cover alone was a great conversational piece, compelled a lot of people to inquire about it. The sad truth is that everything in the book actually happened and is still happening, so it does take you back at the realization of how blacks have been treated and continue to be mistreated. But this book was an extremely informative book, and so well written that I strongly encourage everyone read it especially black people.

Feb 27, 2017

The author is pretentious and boring. Reads like some sort of thesis, not an interesting narrative. Maybe it's not supposed to be interesting, just shocking. I do believe the information given is very important and should be disseminated, but the author's tone is condescending. I chose not to finish this one. I hope there is another book on this topic that is better written; if I find it, I will read it!

Jan 06, 2016

Start on page 28

Jan 16, 2015

Scary and informative as Hell one should be ashamed of oneself if they are black and haven't read it .

understandinglife Oct 22, 2011

This book is definitely an eye-opener and quite shocking to say the least. It delves beyond the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment and discusses other instances of shady medical practices. It is a book that should be required reading in schools.

Jun 27, 2011

What a wonderful review!

Thank you.

The only thing I would add is the connection to ex-NAZI "Scientists" doing "research" on African Americans.

I seem to remember that Harriet devoted quite a few pages to that particular disgrace.

I read the book a couple of years ago and still feel the same powerful emotions it evoked.

"No one concerned with issues of public health and racial justice can afford not to read Medical Apartheid, a masterful book"



Mar 12, 2008

If your faith in humanity is already at an all-time low, don't expect this book to be in any way uplifting or to provide any hope for the future. It is, however, very worth reading, bringing to light the many, many medical transgressions suffered by African Americans in the US, from the medical torture of slaves who could not object, all the way up to pharmaceutical company experiments in the 20th century whose objectives, procedures and side-effects were not disclosed to (and, in fact, were purposely kept from) their subjects.


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