Medical Apartheid by
Publication Date: 2008-01-08
Medical Apartheid is the first comprehensive history of Black America's shocking mistreatment as unwilling and unwitting experimental subjects at the hands of the medical establishment. Starting with the earliest encounters between Black Americans and Western medical researchers, it details the ways both slaves and freedmen were used in hospitals for experiments conducted without their knowledge and demonstrates how the pseudoscience of eugenics was used to justify experimental exploitation and shoddy medical treatment of Black people. 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. 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 read Medical Apartheid.