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HBCU Money™ Business Book Feature – Medical Apartheid

From the era of slavery to the present day, the first full history of black America’s shocking mistreatment as unwilling and unwitting experimental subjects at the hands of the medical establishment.

Medical Apartheid is the first and only comprehensive history of medical experimentation on African Americans. Starting with the earliest encounters between black Americans and Western medical researchers and the racist pseudoscience that resulted, it details the ways both slaves and freedmen were used in hospitals for experiments conducted without their knowledge—a tradition that continues today within some black populations. It reveals how blacks have historically been prey to grave-robbing as well as unauthorized autopsies and dissections. Moving into the twentieth century, it shows how the pseudoscience of eugenics and social Darwinism was used to justify experimental exploitation and shoddy medical treatment of blacks, and the view that they were biologically inferior, oversexed, and unfit for adult responsibilities. Shocking new details about the government’s notorious Tuskegee experiment are revealed, as are similar, less-well-known medical atrocities conducted by the government, the armed forces, prisons, and private institutions.
The product of years of prodigious research into medical journals and experimental reports long undisturbed, Medical Apartheid reveals the hidden underbelly of scientific research and makes possible, for the first time, an understanding of the roots of the African American health deficit. At last, it provides the fullest possible context for comprehending the behavioral fallout that has caused black Americans to view researchers—and indeed the whole medical establishment—with such deep distrust. No one concerned with issues of public health and racial justice can afford not to read Medical Apartheid, a masterful book that will stir up both controversy and long-needed debate.

The HBCU Endowment Feature – Meharry Medical College

School Name: Meharry Medical College

Median Cost of  Attendance: $73 510

Professional Population: 786

Endowment Needed: $1 155 577 200

Analysis: One of the most under appreciated yet prominent names among HBCUs. Meharry Medical College is the oldest African American medical school and currently holds the 5th largest endowment of HBCUs. A quite amazing feat for a school that never has had more than 800 students and a 3 percent admittance rate. Obviously it being a medical school the earning power of its graduates is substantial which makes up for its small population. Its current endowment is 9 percent of what it would need to fund all of its students debt free annually. One of the highest percentages thus far in our analysis of HBCU endowments. It is hard to say though whether or not its lack of population though will ultimately allow it to really compete long term for the first HBCU to reach the $1 billion endowment mark. With a storied tradition and faithful alumni with growing pockets one has to expect as the baby boomers leave estates, a school that looms so prominent in building the upper middle class of African America will see a dramatic spike in its endowment that could push it into serious contention.

As always it should be noted that endowments provide a myriad of subsidies to the university for everything from scholarship, faculty & administration salaries, research, and much more.