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Article-a-Day #104: The Conversation-How black slaves were routinely sold as ‘specimens’ to ambitious white doctors

White doctors, including those in remote rural locations, routinely sent reports of experiments on slave subjects to medical journals and trafficked black bodies to medical colleges. Medical museums openly solicited black body parts and medical societies relied on black bodies. Students too wrote graduating theses based on the medical manipulation of black “subjects” and “specimens”.

Under slavery, there was also an extensive network of specialist “negro hospitals”.