54 minutes | Aug 1st 2020

How Racism Plays a Role in Health Inequities with Harriet Washington

As a medical ethicist, Harriet Washington has a unique and courageous voice and deconstructs the politics around medical issues. In addition to giving an abundance of historically accurate information on ‘scientific racism’, she paints a powerful and disturbing portrait of medicine, race, sex, and the abuse of power by telling individual human stories. Washington also makes the case for broader political consciousness of science and technology, challenging audiences to see the world differently and challenge established paradigms in the history of medicine.

On July 23, 2020, Association Chat host KiKi L'Italien interviewed Washington about racism and discrimination in health care, its impact during Covid-19, and how we can begin to address systemic racism within our healthcare system.

More about our guest

Harriet Washington is an award-winning medical writer and editor, and the author of the best-selling book, Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present. In her work, she focuses mainly on bioethics; the history of medicine; African-American health issues; and the intersection of medicine, ethics, and culture.