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Race in Today’s Medicine: Science, History and Myth

On May 22, 2018, science writer, editor and ethicist Harriet A. Washington, author of Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present, presented on health inequities from a lens of structural racism, including an examination of medical experimentation on people of color, gene patenting and other topics. Washington explained how African-Americans have been experimented on unwillingly and cruelly in the United States for centuries, and pointed out that science and medicine have been used to demonize people of color and prop up racist mythologies that live on today.

Event recap: The Dark Secrets of U.S. Medical Research

Full video and podcast recordings of the event are available below. You can also download the video here. (Downloading may take several minutes due to the size of the file.)

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Learn about the health equity issues affecting Coloradans at Collective Colorado, a publication of The Colorado Trust.