Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present

Written by Harriet A. Washington

Publishers Weekly praised Washington as “a great storyteller,” and named Medical Apartheid one of the best books of 2006, finding it, “even at its most distressing, compulsively readable.” PW, Kirkus and Booklist each honored the book with starred reviews, and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association bestowed its Honor Nonfiction Award for 2007 on Medical Apartheid, which also won the 2007 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award and a PEN/Oakland award for nonfiction.

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, a masterful book that will stir up both controversy and long-needed debate.

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