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Interesting Read: Medical Apartheid

Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present
Author: Washington, Harriet A.

This interesting read got excellent reviews from several library journals. For me, this book brought attention to a part of American History I did not know existed. Here’s a brief summary:

MEDICAL APARTHEID is the first and only comprehensive history of the medical experimentation on African Americans. Starting with the earliest encounters between Africans and Western medical researchers and the racist pseudoscience that resulted, it details the way both slaves and freedmen were used in hospitals for experiments conducted without a hint of informed consent. Moving into the twentieth century, it shows how the pseudoscience of eugenics and social Darwinism was used to justify experimental exploitation and shoddy medical treatment of blacks and a view that they were biologically inferior, oversexed, and unfit for adult responsibilities. MEDICAL APARTHEID reveals the hidden underbelly of scientific research and makes possible, for the first time, an understanding of the roots of the African American health deficit.

*Come check it out at the Todd Library*

FCC Adopts Report on Children and TV Violence


FCC Adopts Report on Violent Television Programming and Its Impact on Children (39 pages; PDF) – found via Docuticker

From the News release: “The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [has released a] Report on the issue of excessively violent television programming and its impact on children. The FCC found that research indicates exposure to violence in the media can increase aggressive behavior in children, at least in the short term. Given this finding, the FCC recommends that action should be taken to address violent programming. “

Jhumpa Lahiri

Have you ever heard of Jhumpa Lahiri? She is an Indian-American writer who won the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for her short story collection, Interpreter of Maladies in 2000. You may recognize the title of her book The Namesake that was the basis for the current movie of the same name. Try reading her book, before you see the movie. It’s a story of a Bangledeshi immigrant family, but in many ways speaks of us all–of our hopes and dreams, love, family, and wanting to fit in. It is a book you won’t want to miss, from an author that you need to know.

Website of the Week

MEDLINEplus [] has extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 600 diseases and conditions. There are also diagrams, a medical encyclopedia, a medical dictionary, information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials. It’s nice place to get some basic information about medical conditions and diseases. I also like it because I find it very easy to use.