Melanin in Medicine*
 

Spotlight

Melanin in Medicine* turned one years old in August 2019. In this time, the site has been blessed by the profile contributions of community healers, educators, ethicists, healthcare providers, public health practitioners, researchers, and scientists. Thank you to all of you who have contributed to the site and who have long been committed to justice, health equity, diversity, and inclusion. - Ryan Huerto, MD, MPH, MA, Melanin in Medicine* Founder

 
Harriet A. Washington   is the author of  Medical Apartheid , which won a National Book Critics Circle Award, the 2007 PEN Oakland Award, and the 2007 American Library Association Black Caucus Nonfiction Award. She has been a fellow in medical ethics at the Harvard Medical School, a senior research scholar at the National Center for Bioethics at Tuskegee University, a fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, and the recipient of a John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford University. She is the author of  Infectious Madness, Deadly Monopolies,  and  Medical Apartheid. -   Penguin Random House

Harriet A. Washington is the author of Medical Apartheid, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award, the 2007 PEN Oakland Award, and the 2007 American Library Association Black Caucus Nonfiction Award. She has been a fellow in medical ethics at the Harvard Medical School, a senior research scholar at the National Center for Bioethics at Tuskegee University, a fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, and the recipient of a John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford University. She is the author of Infectious Madness, Deadly Monopolies, and Medical Apartheid. - Penguin Random House

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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.

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*medicine (noun) - the science and art dealing with the maintenance of health and the prevention, alleviation, or cure of disease.