Monday, December 7, 2009

_Examining Tuskegee_ enabled by access to FOIA Records

Examining Tuskegee: The Infamous Syphilis Study and Its Legacy. Susan M. Reverby.416 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 22 illus., 4 figs., 5 tables, notes, bibl., index. University of North Carolina Press.
The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture
ISBN 978-0-8078-3310-0
Published: November 2009

Reverby highlights the many uncertainties that dogged the study during its four decades and explores the newly available medical records. She uncovers the different ways it was understood by the men, their families, and health care professionals, ultimately revising conventional wisdom on the study. [author website for Examining Tuskeegee

My perceptions changed when I read the actual articles and correspondence between the doctors about the study, examined the debates over treatment for syphilis at its various stages, interviewed people in Tuskegee and doctors from the PHS, and then analyzed the men’s medical records that were opened to the public in the National Archives in Morrow, Georgia because of a FOIA filed by historian/librarian Twanna Whorley.
--Susan M. Reverby--Marion Butler McLean Professor in the History of Ideas and Professor of Women's Studies at Wellesley College.

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