- Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (January 8, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 076791547X
- ISBN-13: 978-0767915472
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 384 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“This groundbreaking study documents that the infamous Tuskegee experiment, in which black syphilitic men were studied but not treated, was simply the most publicized in a long, and continuing, history of the American medical establishment using African Americans as unwitting or unwilling human guinea pigs . . . Washington is a great storyteller, and in addition to giving us an abundance of information on ‘scientific racism,’ the book, even at its most disturbing, is compulsively readable. It covers a wide range of topics—the history of hospitals not charging black patients so that, after death, their bodies could be used for anatomy classes; the exhaustive research done on black prisoners throughout the 20th century—and paints a powerful and disturbing portrait of medicine, race, sex, and the abuse of power.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Medical ethicist and journalist Washington details the abusive medical practices to which African Americans have been subjected.
“She begins her shocking history in the colonial period, when owners would hire out or sell slaves to physicians for use as guinea pigs in medical experiments. Into the 19th century, black cadavers were routinely exploited for profit by whites who shipped them to medical schools for dissection and to museums and traveling shows for casual public display. The most notorious case here may be the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, in which about 600 syphilitic men were left untreated by the U.S. Public Health Service so it could study the progression of the disease, but Washington asserts that it was the forerunner to a host of similar medical abuses . . . African American skepticism about the medical establishment and reluctance to participate in medical research is an unfortunate result. One of her goals in writing this book, aside from documenting a shameful past, is to convince them that they must participate actively in therapeutic medical research, especially in areas that most affect their community’s health, while remaining ever alert to possible abuses.
“Sweeping and powerful.”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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.
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You have a Patient Bill of Rights that should be posted in every medical facility. READ IT ! You have a right to ask that a doctor, nurse, aid personnel, data collector etc. speak in a language that YOU understand.Don't sign anything that you don't understand ! If you are having any type of invasive procedure, be sure that it is a Board Certified Specialist in that area of expertise performing it. Not a Resident Surgeon, unless the "expert surgeon" is present and observing and/or assisting. Get a POAHC and make sure it is someone who is vocal and assertive on YOUR behalf, when you are unable to speak for yourself. Having a degree is not a prerequisite for the latter.
“Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present” is a book that may shock and disturb the reader. A thorough and well researched work that supports each reported act of medical malpractice, abuse, and excess, as well as government acts of bio-terrorism against it’s own citizens, with well documented evidence. The book provides the rationale for the wide-spread African American, persistent and profound distrust of the US healthcare system
However, a book that would appear to be an outright indictment of White America’s treatment of it’s African American population, and justification for African American distrust of the US healthcare system turns out to offer a lot of compromise, including practical and feasible solutions for curbing potential acts of medical malpractice, abuse, and excesses
This is an extraordinary, well researched work; congratulations to Harriet A. Washington!