Examining Tuskegee: The Infamous Syphilis Study and Its Legacy

Examining Tuskegee: The Infamous Syphilis Study and Its Legacy

by Susan M. Reverby

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Examining Tuskegee: The Infamous Syphilis Study and Its Legacy


Examining Tuskegee: The Infamous Syphilis Study and Its Legacy

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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

Examining Tuskegee demonstrates in sober and convincing detail the various ways in which the Study was both ethically and scientifically corrupt.—Society

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

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

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 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'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

A masterful and comprehensive historical analysis of an egregious example of medical research malfeasance. . . . Excellent scholarship . . . compelling and thought provoking.—Nursing History Review

[A] thorough account." —The Alabama Review

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

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The University of North Carolina Press
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The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture
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Examining Tuskegee places the 'Tuskegee Study' in a historical perspective that brings new meaning and insight to the issue in a way that will add to the already meaningful contribution that revisiting this study has made.—David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., 16th Surgeon General of the United States

Meet the Author

Susan M. Reverby is Marion Butler McLean Professor in the History of Ideas and Professor of Women's Studies at Wellesley College. She is editor of Tuskegee's Truths: Rethinking the Tuskegee Syphilis Study.

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