Book of Note
Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans From Colonial Times To the Present
By Harriet A. Washington
Doubleday, 2007; $27.95

In this fascinating book, medical ethicist and journalist Harriet A. Washington documents how slaves and freedmen were used for experiments in hospitals, often without their knowledge and consent. It’s a practice Washington says continues today. Not for the fainthearted, Medical Apartheid details grave robbing, autopsies and dissections, but in doing so, it unearths a disturbing history and is an important piece of investigative journalism.

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