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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Author composed this book so that it is interesting.

I loved the way the book was composed, because it made for interesting reading .... Stuck to her main goal of encouraging African American people to research medical studies and to join them if deemed worthy. Jam-packed with eye- opening human experimentation that should never have been done on anyone. Although I think there is still human experimentation going on that should not be going on.
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- Kimberlina


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

Book Details

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