Medical Experimentation on Enslaved People

Slavery in the United States was one of the worse crimes against humanity. The enslaved were seen as property and thus had little to no involvement in the decisions in their lives, particulary their health. The medical treatment they endured emphasizes the white slaveholders' and white physicians' beliefs about them: that Africans and their descendants were inferior. This painful history with the field of medicine contributes to the fear and apprehension felt by African Americans of the current healthcare system.