Black Americans and Medicine

There's a sad legacy of medical experiments using black Americans as unwitting or unwilling subjects. Does that history influence the kind of health care black Americans get today? And what does a new study say about a difference in life expectancy between black and white Americans?


Harriet Washington, author: Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present; visiting scholar, DePaul University School of Law.

Muhjah Shakir, director, Bioethics Quilt Project; assistant professor of occupational therapy and bioethics senior scholar, National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care, Tuskegee University.

Sam Harper, research fellow, Department of Epidemiology, McGill University.



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