Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved volume 21, issue 3A, P26-34 2010 DOI: 10.1353/hpu.0.0354 View full text
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Susan M. Reverby

Abstract: Since 1972 the word "Tuskegee" has functioned as a metaphor for racism, paternalism, and deadly deception in government-sponsored medical research. There remain new lessons to be considered. We must understand how concepts of race become spoken and written about and then embedded in science that has racist implications. We have to consider how the researchers in the Tuskegee syphilis study assumed that syphilis was almost a different disease in Blacks and Whites, and yet were eager to make race disappear as th…

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