Examining Tuskegee : the infamous syphilis study and its legacy / Susan M. Reverby.

Reverby, Susan M., 1946- [Browse]
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2009.
xiii, 384 p., [12] p. of plates : ill., map ; 25 cm.


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  • The John Hope Franklin series in African American history and culture
Summary note
"The forty-year "Tuskegee" Syphilis Study has become the American metaphor for medical racism, government malfeasance, and physician arrogance. The subject of histories, films, rumors, and political slogans, it provoked an official federal apology from President Bill Clinton in a White House ceremony." "Susan M. Reverby offers a comprehensive analysis of the notorious study of untreated syphilis, which took place in and around Tuskegee, Alabama, from the 1930s through the 1970s. The study involved hundreds of African American men, most of whom were told by doctors from the U.S. Public Health Service that they were being treated, not just watched, for their late-stage syphilis. Reverby examines the study and its aftermath from multiple perspectives to explain what happened and why the study has such power in our collective memory. She follows the study's repercussions in facts and fictions."--BOOK JACKET.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction. Race, Medical Uncertainty, and American Culture -- Pt. I. Testimony -- 1. Historical Contingencies: Tuskegee Institute, the Public Health Service, and Syphilis -- 2. Planned, Plotted, & Official: The Study Begins -- 3. Almost Undone: The Study Continues -- 4. What Makes It Stop? -- 5. Testimony: The Public Story in the 1970s -- Pt. II. Testifying -- 6. What Happened to the Men & Their Families? -- 7. Why & Wherefore: The Public Health Service Doctors -- 8. Triage & "Powerful Sympathizing": Eugene H. Dibble, Jr. -- 9. The Best Care: Eunice Verdell Rivers Laurie -- Pt. III. Traveling -- 10. Bioethics, History, & the Study as Gospel -- 11. The Court of Imagination -- 12. The Political Spectacle of Blame & Apology -- Epilogue: The Difficulties of Treating Racism with "Tuskegee" -- Appendix A. Chronology -- Appendix B. Key Participants' Names -- Appendix C. Men's Names -- Appendix D. Tables and Charts.
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  • 080783310X (cloth : alk. paper)
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  • 40017214280
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