Today I’m talking with award-winning medical ethicist, journalist, and author, Harriet A. Washington about one of her best-selling books entitled, “Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present”
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. She’s 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, such as the National Book Critics Circle Nonfiction Award, a PEN award, and many others.
In her book, Medical Apartheid, Washington documents a horrifying, barbaric, and shameful history of exploitation of blacks by a white medical establishment in the pursuit of so-called research. For centuries, Washington shows, blacks were used exclusively and/or disproportionately as subjects in medical experiments, often without their consent or even their knowledge. In the process, they endured surgery without anesthesia, forced sterilization, and testing of potentially deadly medications, among other terrorisms.
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Here is a chronological list of the songs played on the episode. Click the links to purchase.
- Shine – Buddy
- On My Own – Lecrae & Leon Bridges
- Land of the Free – Joey Bada$$
- Black Frankenstein – The Black Opera
- Stand Up – Maurice Brown (ft. Talib Kweli)
- Blk Amrkaa – Blax
Mentioned on the episode. Click the links to purchase.
- Deadly Monopolies: The Shocking Corporate Takeover of Life Itself–And the Consequences for Your Health and Our Medical Future – Harriet A. Washington
- Acres of Skin: Human Experiments at Holmesburg Prison – Allen M. Hornblum
- Sick From Freedom: African-American Illness and Suffering during the Civil War and Reconstruction – Jim Downs
- Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga – Pamela Newkirk