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Bad Blood: Revisiting the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment

October 30, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Bullitt History of Medicine Club
Bad Blood: Revisiting the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment
Tuesday, October 30, 2018  12:00 NOON  HSL 527
James H. Jones, Distinguished Alumni Professor of History, Emeritus, at the University of Arkansas

From 1932 to 1972, the United States Public Health Service conducted a non-therapeutic experiment involving more than 400 black male sharecroppers infected with syphilis. The Tuskegee Study had nothing to do with treatment. Its purpose was to trace the spontaneous evolution of the disease in order to learn how syphilis affected black subjects. In 1981, Dr. James H. Jones published the book 
Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment. This talk will revisit his research for this book.

James H. Jones is the Distinguished Alumni Professor of History, Emeritus, at the University of Arkansas. He was Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Houston during the 1980s and 1990s. Professor Jones received his Ph.D. in American social and intellectual history from Indiana University. He has held fellowships from the Grant Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health, Harvard University, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Jones is the author of 
Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, A Tragedy of Race and Medicine, which received the Arthur Viseltear Award from the American Public Health Association and was selected by the editors of The New York TimesBook Review as one of the 12 Best Books published in 1981. Bad Blood became a bioethics classic and the Tuskegee experiment a landmark case that shaped the current regulatory framework. Jones’ second book,Alfred C. Kinsey: A Public/Private Life, was one of two finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in biography.


October 30, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Health Sciences Library, Room 527
UNC School of Medicine, 335 S Columbia St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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(919) 962-0800