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Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment


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Table of Contents


Preface to the New and Expanded Edition


A Note on Spelling and Punctuation

1 "A Moral Astigmatism"

2 "A Notoriously Syphilis-Soaked Race"

3 "Disease Germs Are the Most Democratic Creatures in the World"

4 "Holding High Wasserman in the Marketplace"

5 "The Dr. Ain't Taking Sticks"

6 "Buying Ear Muffs for the Hottentots"

7 "It Will Either Cover Us with Mud or Glory"

8 "Last Chance for Special Free Treatment"

9 "Bringing Them to Autopsy"

10 "The Joy of My Life"

11 "Even at Risk of Shortening Life"

12 "Nothing Learned Will Prevent, Find, or Cure a Single Case"

13 "I Ain't Never Understood the Study"

14 "AIDS: Is It Genocide?"


A Note on Sources


About the Author

About the Author

James H. Jones is associate professor of history at the University of Houston. He lives in Houston, Texas. He received his Ph.D. in history from Indiana University and has held a Kennedy Fellowship in Bioethics at Harvard University, served as a senior research fellow at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University, and recently held senior fellowships from both the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Rockefeller Foundation. He published the first edition of Bad Blood in 1981 to critical acclaim. It was a Main Selection of the History Book Club and a New York Times Best Books of 1981 and has inspired a play, a PBS Nova special, and a motion picture.


The New York Times Book Review As an authentic, exquisitely detailed case study of the consequences of racism in American life, this book should be read by everyone who worries about the racial meanings of government policy and social practice in the United States.
The Washington Post Book World This is a valuable, superbly researched, fair-minded, profoundly troubling, and clearly written book.
C. Vann Woodward Author of The Strange Career of Jim Crow Bad Blood is an important book, an authentic and appalling study of how the educated deliberately deceived and betrayed the uneducated in our own times through a government agency."
Benjaminl Hooks Executive Director, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Bad Blood is a shocking and bold report of scientific cruelty and moral idiocy...The moral and ethical questions this book raises come into sharp focus and are compelling.
James T. Patterson Author of The Dread Disease: Cancer & Modern American Culture By eschewing sensationalism, Jones offers a compelling narrative that enhances our understanding of race relations in the twentieth-century South, of professionalism in medicine, and of American liberalism. Bad Blood deserves to win a prize.

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