Some questions to think about: does the history of medical mistreatment explain why African Americans have such disparate health outcomes from other Americans? Or is health care discrimination still going on?
Getting subjects for medical experiments is always difficult, and frequently involves either coercion, or financial compensation. But is it ethical to persuade poor people to undergo medical tests because they need the money? And if not, how should medical research be conducted?
Are African Americans overall more distrustful of medical science than other groups? If so how do we fix this? Should this be covered in medical education?
What can or should the medical establishment do to correct or atone for these past mistakes and abuses? Do individual medical schools, clinics or medical journals bear any responsibility?
If you haven't already seen them, I highly recommend the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, The Pact, and Black Man in a White Coat for more on African Americans in the medical profession. Aaaannnddd...Wednesday night, (the day after our discussion) the History Book Group is discussing Remedy and reaction : the peculiar American struggle over health care reform.
See you this Tuesday October 20th at 7pm, Small Meeting Room on the 1st floor of the Evanston Public Library.