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  • Paperback: 501 pages
  • Publisher: Harlem Moon; Reprint edition (8 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076791547X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767915472
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.7 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Advance Praise for "Medical Apartheid"
" 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 theforerunner 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)

Advance Praise for "Medical Apartheid"

"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 untreatedby 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)

Advance Praise for "Medical Apartheid"
“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)
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Advance Praise for "Medical Apartheid"
"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)

Advance Praise for "Medical Apartheid"
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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This Book is not for the faint-heart it exposes Americas Dark hidden Secrets.Harriet Washington reveals the racial discrimination and the mentality of some of those who used their power and position to manipulate and experiment on some Black group of people in America. I had gone to New York where I decided to go to Harlem to visit Museums,Bookshops, basically places of history and Education. It was when a man I met in a bookshop introduced me to this book I couldn't get a copy, after returning to the UK I managed order one on Amazon. Since then I have also managed to acquire a copy of a documentary version of this book with those that were experimented on giving interviews of what took place then. We have heard and read of some of the atrocities that Hitler committed by writers from America and the UK and indeed the world. What I have deducted so far from this book is that it is convenient for some writers not to discuss atrocities committed through blatant illegal experiments, it becomes very clear that some information are worthwhile written about than others.More of this sort need to be written to expose the hypocrisy of this world. I dread to think that such experiments are still taking place in this day and age. Food for thought. I recommend this book big time, an eye opener
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This well researched book is full of shocking evidence of institutional racism fired by various myth which the racist scientists have chosen to belief instead of fact. The troubling aspect of the scientific racist is that they have all become paid assasins under the payroll of the US government all working hard to exterminate the black race - no fiction here true story.
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Top quality book it really breaks down how the medical system works on blacks and how we are experimented on
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I first heard about this book from reknown author Dr Joy Degruy Leary. The book was used for reference to her book "Post traumatic Slavery".
It is riveting reading and very painful to read the truth about the Afrikan Holocaust, and what is being hidden from world history.
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Not just a fascinating, well researched, powerful and absorbing book but also beautifully written piece of work by the author Harriet A. Washington from first page to last. I bought a second copy for a friend who is equally impressed by the authorship and disturbed by the subject matter. I would certainly highly recommend this book to anyone interested in purchasing a copy.
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well researched and written. This is a top, top book. Anyone interested in African American history should buy this terrific book.

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Great book, makes you realise what the system is doing to wreck our bodies.
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A must read!Absolute read, great insigh. Fantastic research, great writer.
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