Examining Tuskegee: The Infamous Syphilis Study and Its Legacy (The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture)

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An essential historical framework of public health ethics.--Health Affairs A most readable, thoughtful, provocative new look at the [Tuskegee Syphilis Study]. . . . Reverby presents the study without formally retelling the story, instead allowing the readers to see events through the eyes of the parties involved. . . . Examining Tuskegee is an apt title. . . . Even those who 'know' Tuskegee will learn from this book.--North Carolina Historical Review Strenuously researched and duly accessible.--African American Review Reverby has constructed an essential historical framework of public health ethics. . . . [An] expansive yet detailed account. . . [A] magnificent contribution in examining [Tuskegee's] enduring hold on U.S. cultural life.--Health Affairs A masterful and comprehensive historical analysis of an egregious example of medical research malfeasance. . . . Excellent scholarship . . . compelling and thought provoking.--Nursing History Review A masterful and comprehensive historical analysis. . . . A powerful story told in a powerful way. . . . Cogently illuminates the many narratives comprising this horrific chapter in our country's history. . . . This book, impressive in its scope and depth, contributes greatly to our understanding of not just the events described but also of racial and social injustice in general.--Nursing History Review Examining Tuskegee demonstrates in sober and convincing detail the various ways in which the Study was both ethically and scientifically corrupt.--Society A vitally important contribution to the literature surrounding the study. . . . Highly recommended.--Choice In less competent hands, the attempt to unravel the complexities of Tuskegee would have merely replaced one entanglement with another. However, Reverby's knowledge and skill are evident on virtually every page. Written in a clear and engaging style buttressed by convincing and exhaustive research, this book is likely to remain the essential monograph on the subject for years to come.--Journal of Interdisciplinary History This in-depth and comprehensive approach, by exploring the aftermath of the Tuskegee Study, distinguishes it from other writings on this topic. . . . The best presentation, thus far, of how race, medicine and research have intersected as a consequence of this convoluted Tuskegee Syphilis Study.--The Journal of the National Medical Association Examining Tuskegee is richly immersed in the zeitgeist of twentieth-century African American life. . . . Reverby's text is strenuously researched and duly accessible." --African American Review Reverby offers us a complete description as well as an excellent analysis of this scandalous episode in the history of biomedical research.--Social History of Medicine [Reverby's] deep reanalysis of one of the most controversial and popularly misunderstood narratives of twentieth-century biomedicine accomplishes several vital new purposes and provides a comprehensive update on the study's legacy.--Journal of Southern History Blends [Reverby's] rich insights as a noted historian and public intellectual. . . . America's historians and medical community will benefit greatly from reading Examining Tuskegee.--Journal of American History [A] thorough account." --The Alabama Review

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This title presents the facts and fictions of race, medicine, and trust. 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 received 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. Reverby highlights the many uncertainties that dogged the study during its four decades and explores the newly available medical records. She uncovers the different ways it was understood by the men, their families, and health care professionals, ultimately revising conventional wisdom on the study. Writing with rigor and clarity, Reverby illuminates the events and aftermath of the study and sheds light on the complex knot of trust, betrayal, and belief that keeps this study alive in our cultural and political lives.

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