In this episode, You Okay, Sis?: Medical Apartheid, Ekemini and Christina are seated at the table with Harriet A. Washington. Harriet A. Washington wrote Infectious Madness: The Surprising Science of How We "Catch" Mental Illness while the 2015-2016 Miriam Shearing Fellow at the University of Nevada's Black Mountain Institute. She is a science writer, editor and ethicist who has been a Research Fellow in Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School, Visiting Fellow at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, a visiting scholar at DePaul University College of Law and a senior research scholar at the National Center for Bioethics at Tuskegee University. She has also held fellowships at Stanford University, holds a degree in English from the University of Rochester, an MA in journalism from Columbia University and in 2016 was elected a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. She is a lecturer in bioethics at Columbia University.
Ms. Washington has written widely for popular and science publications and has also been published in refereed books and journals such as Nature, JAMA, The American Journal of Public Health, The New England Journal of Medicine, The Harvard Public Health Review and The Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics. She has been Editor of the Harvard Journal of Minority Public Health and a guest editor of the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics. Her book A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and the Assault on the American Mind will be published in July 2019 and her other books include Deadly Monopolies: The Shocking Corporate Takeover of Life Itself—and the Consequences for Your Health and Our Medical Future and Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Experimentation from Colonial Times to the Present, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Oakland Award, and the American Library Association Black Caucus Nonfiction Award.
In February 2018 the statue of James Marion Sims was removed from New York’s Central Park in response to Medical Apartheid’s exposure of his exploitive surgeries on enslaved black women. A film buff and lover of baroque music, Ms. Washington has also worked as a poison center manager, a classical-music announcer for public radio, and she curates a medical film series.
Pull up a chair and have a seat at the table as Harriet A. Washington discusses Medical Apartheid with the women of Truth’s Table. Purchase Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Experimentation from Colonial Times to the Present at your local bookstore or online.
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