Feb
25
2008

Upcoming Deadly Medicine lecture

Join us for a lecture in the Deadly Medicine series: "Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to Present.

American blacks have long suffered from health adversities not shared by whites, and the problem persists even today, decades after the end of state-sanctioned racism. As Harriet A. Washington writes in her new book, Medical Apartheid, the "racial health divide confronts us everywhere we look, from doubled black-infant death rates to African-American life expectancies that fall years behind whites." To the question of how this disparity came to be, she provides a provocative answer.

Though slavery and segregation form the backdrop of her analysis, Washington believes that a very specific aspect of past discrimination against blacks explains the unequal levels of treatment and health that are still with us. Her focus is on the long history of medical experiments of which American blacks were the unwilling or unwitting subjects. These past injuries, Washington argues, have "played a pivotal role in forging the fear of medicine that helps perpetuate our nation's racial health gulf." Long after the events themselves, she believes, the memory of abuse has remained.

(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, 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.)

Thursday, February 28
7-8:30 PM
SMM Auditorium, Level 3

Presentations at the Science Museum are $12 per person ($8 for Science Museum members). Admission to Deadly Medicine is included in this ticket price. Purchase tickets to four of the lectures and get the fifth one free. For tickets, call (651) 221-9444.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

well that was overwhelming i mean wow now we are talking about how the health problems black people have an the problems that whie people have i mean what about the mixed kids how are they affected
yo boi montez

posted on Wed, 02/27/2008 - 10:51am
nelson.robin's picture
nelson.robin says:

thats crazy i mean what if there mixed do would they set as a black child or a white child thats why i think thats a whole bunch of bull crap.

posted on Thu, 03/06/2008 - 10:58am
diamond2008's picture
diamond2008 says:

i don't think it should matter what color you are

posted on Wed, 03/26/2008 - 3:45pm
hawa's picture
hawa says:

Yea that truth caues it really don't matter to lot of people like me i don;t even care about colors.

posted on Tue, 05/27/2008 - 2:24pm
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marica says:

this was very cool

posted on Tue, 01/24/2012 - 11:41am

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