Medical Apartheid

  • by Harriet A. Washington
  • Narrated by Ron Butler
  • 19 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 20th century, it shows how the pseudoscience of eugenics and social Darwinism were used to justify experimental exploitation and shoddy medical treatment of blacks.
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.


What the Critics Say

"[C]ompulsively readable." (Publishers Weekly)


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especially of you are in the medical/public health/biomedical research fields. it's an eye opening read. White people especially need to read this. ESPECIALLY.
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- Ashley Corena

Medical Apartheid

Excellent, I knew African Americans had been used as experimental subjects, but never to the degree discussed in this book. Additionally, the use of new drugs used, particularly on Africans is alarmingly and inhumane. It is my hope for 3rd and 2nd world countries and their leaders to take a more progressive stand for their people.
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- rita

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-08-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio