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Medical Experimentation Archives - Institute of the Black World 21st Century

Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

We were guinea pigs for the US: It isn’t just Tuskegee

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux— People who don’t know Black history have probably heard more about the Tuskegee syphilis “experiment” in the last month than they have in their whole lives.  The chattering class has used the debacle of allowing hundreds of Black men live with untreated syphilis to monitor its effects to explain the resistance that many Black Americans have to accepting the COVID vaccination, thus imperiling the possibility of…

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Myths about physical racial differences were used to justify slavery — and are still believed by doctors today.

How false beliefs in physical racial difference still live in medicine today

By Reparations

Myths about physical racial differences were used to justify slavery — and are still believed by doctors today. By Linda Villarosa, New York Times — The excruciatingly painful medical experiments went on until his body was disfigured by a network of scars. John Brown, an enslaved man on a Baldwin County, Ga., plantation in the 1820s and ’30s, was lent to a physician, Dr. Thomas Hamilton, who was obsessed with proving that…

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The hidden stories of medical experimentation on Caribbean slave plantations

By Reparations

By Londa Schiebinger, Stanford University (THE CONVERSATION) In the natural course of events, humans fall sick and die. Patients hope for miraculous remedies to restore their health. We all want our medicines to work for us in wondrous ways. But how are human subjects chosen for experiments? Who bears the burden of risk? What ethical brakes keep scientific enthusiasm from overwhelming vulnerable populations? Who goes first? Today, the question of…

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