This week, we’re talking about a challenge we’ve been having with our parents lately. Both of our parents are elderly and medical care is essential for them, but they don’t seem to take medical advice seriously, or at least not as seriously as we’d like them to sometimes. At the same time, though, we were reading this book by Harriet A. Washington called Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present is a 2007- and this book cleared up some things and made other things more complex . It is a history of medical experimentation on African Americans. From the era of slavery to the present day, this book presents the first full account of black America’s mistreatment as unwitting subjects of medical experimentation (that last sentence came straight from Wikipedia because… I’m tired). Though this isn’t a book review, we did talk about many of the points made in the book and how it will affect us and our parents moving forward.

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