The following books have been suggested by our staff and community partners as resources to learn about the importance of CEnR and the negative historical impact of medicine on communities of color.
Bad Blood by James H. Jones
Publication Date: 1992-12-05
An account of the experiment performed on unkowing black sharecroppers describes how the U.S. Public Health Service allowed the syphilis in the sharecroppers to take its course without treatment and explains how such a tragedy occurred.
Black Man in a White Coat by Damon Tweedy
Publication Date: 2015-09-08
Black Man in a White Coat examines the complex ways in which both black doctors and patients must navigate the difficult and often contradictory terrain of race and medicine.
Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown
Publication Date: 2017-09-12
“True belonging doesn’t require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are.” Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives—experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization.
The Debt by Randall Robinson
Publication Date: 2001-01-01
In this powerful and controversial book, distinguished African-American political leader and thinker Randall Robinson argues for the restoration of the rich history that slavery and segregation severed.
The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Publication Date: 2011-08-09
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and now a documentary from Ken Burns on PBS, The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane “biography” of cancer—from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Publication Date: 2011-03-08
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more.
Medical Apartheid by Harriet A. Washington
Publication Date: 2008-01-08
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.
The Practical Playbook II by J. Lloyd Michener (Editor); Don W. Bradley (Editor); Brian C. Castrucci (Editor); Elizabeth Corcoran (Editor); Edward L. Hunter (Editor); Catherine Patterson (Editor); Craig W. Thomas (Editor)
Publication Date: 2019-05-21
The Practical Playbook II is the first resource to elucidate what works (and what doesn't) when it comes to collaborating for change in and around health. It brings together voices of experience and authority to answer this topic's most challenging questions and provide guideposts for applying what they've learned to today's thorniest problems.
Unequal Treatment by Institute of Medicine Staff; Board on Health Sciences Policy Staff; Understanding and Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care Committee; Alan R. Nelson (Editor); Adrienne Y. Stith (Editor); Brian D. Smedley (Editor)
Publication Date: 2002-11-02
Racial and ethnic disparities in health care are known to reflect access to care and other issues that arise from differing socioeconomic conditions. There is, however, increasing evidence that even after such differences are accounted for, race and ethnicity remain significant predictors of the quality of health care received.