Harriet A. Washington
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In a new book, medical ethicist Harriet Washington details how genes and tissues are increasingly being patented by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Those firms, she argues, are focused more on their profits than on the medical needs of patients.
The medical exploitation of African Americans has caused mistrust among patients and the medical industry. Author Harriet Washington talks about centuries of abuse documented in her book Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans From Colonial Times to the Present.