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Harriet A. Washington, MA, Editor, Ethicist, and Author of Medical Apartheid
Preferred pronouns: she, her
Education: BA English, University of Rochester; MA Journalism. Columbia, science concentration. Various Fellowships in public health, medical ethics, and journalism
Where are you now? Yonkers, NY
Why did you choose writing and medical ethics? I didn't choose writing; I have to write. It's always been a pleasurable obsession. I've always been similarly obsessed with science and thanks to Albert Schweitzer, with the morality of medicine.
What do you love most about your work? Everything! Learning new things for a living is a deep privilege and so is satisfying my very large curiosity. I love words and crafting them, I love the research and I love occasionally becoming an instrument of justice.
What are your hobbies and interests? Music (especially baroque), literature, films, travel and science fiction.
Learn more about Harriet A. Washington’s journey here.