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Examining Tuskegee: The Infamous Syphilis Study and Its Legacy [NOOK Book]

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The forty-year Tuskegee Syphilis Study, which took place in and around Tuskegee, Alabama, from the 1930s through the 1970s, has become a profound metaphor for medical racism, government malfeasance, and physician arrogance. Susan M. Reverby's Examining Tuskegee is a comprehensive analysis of the notorious study of untreated syphilis among African American men, who were told by U.S. Public Health Service doctors that they were being treated, not just watched, for their late-stage syphilis. With rigorous clarity, ...
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Overview

The forty-year Tuskegee Syphilis Study, which took place in and around Tuskegee, Alabama, from the 1930s through the 1970s, has become a profound metaphor for medical racism, government malfeasance, and physician arrogance. Susan M. Reverby's Examining Tuskegee is a comprehensive analysis of the notorious study of untreated syphilis among African American men, who were told by U.S. Public Health Service doctors that they were being treated, not just watched, for their late-stage syphilis. With rigorous clarity, Reverby investigates the study and its aftermath from multiple perspectives and illuminates the reasons for its continued power and resonance in our collective memory.
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"Examining Tuskegee demonstrates in sober and convincing detail the various ways in which the Study was both ethically and scientifically corrupt."—Society

"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

"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

"[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

"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 buttr

"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 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

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

"An essential historical framework of public health ethics."—Health Affairs

"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

"A vitally important contribution to the literature surrounding the study. . . . Highly recommended."—Choice

"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 vitally important contribution to the literature surrounding the study. . . . Highly recommended."—Choice

"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 consequ

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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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Table of Contents

Introduction Race, Medical Uncertainty, and American Culture 1

Pt. I Testimony

1 Historical Contingencies: Tuskegee Institute, the Public Health Service, and Syphilis 13

2 Planned, Plotted, & Official: The Study Begins 29

3 Almost Undone: The Study Continues 56

4 What Makes It Stop? 73

5 Testimony: The Public Story in the 1970s 86

Pt. II Testifying

6 What Happened to the Men & Their Families? 111

7 Why & Wherefore: The Public Health Service Doctors 135

8 Triage & "Powerful Sympathizing": Eugene H. Dibble, Jr. 152

9 The Best Care: Eunice Verdell Rivers Laurie 167

Pt. III Traveling

10 Bioethics, History, & the Study as Gospel 187

11 The Court of Imagination 204

12 The Political Spectacle of Blame & Apology 216

Epilogue: The Difficulties of Treating Racism with "Tuskegee" 227

Appendix A Chronology 241

Appendix B Key Participants' Names 249

Appendix C Men's Names 251

Appendix D Tables and Charts 257

Notes 263

Bibliography 333

Index 365

A section of illustrations appears after page 108

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