Bill Jenkins: A Giant of Medical Justice

US government epidemiologist Bill Jenkins, known for his effort to expose the infamous Tuskegee syphilis study, has died at age 73.
 
For Jenkins, who was black, the infamous act of deception confirmed his belief that research was biased against people of color. From 1932-1972, the federal government told hundreds of black men with syphilis that their “bad blood” was being treated. In fact, the researchers wanted to observe “unchecked syphilis.”
 
This was just “the tip of the iceberg.” Jenkins devoted the rest of his career to fighting racism in health care. He also helped reveal the disproportionate toll of AIDS on black men.
 
The New York Times

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