Do No Harm: Black Medical Exploitation - Why African Americans Distrust Medicine - Extra HistoryThank you to Child & Teen Checkups. If you live in Minnesota, learn more at If you don’t, check here: Doctors often run into difficulties when reaching out to communities of color and the black community in particular. Outside of the regular financial barriers to healthcare, there's a greater lack of trust & faith that the health care system is meant to help. And this skepticism has a very real and very painful history behind it. From the early days of gynecology to the Tuskegee Experiment to the eugenics laws of the 1920s and even the unacknowledged contributions of Henrietta Lacks, there is a long history of exploitation of Black Americans in the medical system. And if there's any hope of rebuilding trust, we have to first acknowledge what has been done wrong in the past... and how that still influences beliefs in the present. ___________ Support the people who make this show, vote for future Extra History topics and get great perks at our Patreon! Subscribe & ! to our channel on YouTube at Got more info about Extra Credits on our website at Grab your Extra Credits gear at the store! ___________ Thanks for participating in this week's discussion! We want you to be aware of our community posting guidelines so that we can have high-quality conversations: Want to contact us directly? Email us: Interested in sponsoring an episode? Email us: Come chat with us live on Twitch ___________ Want more Extra Credits? Follow us on social media: Twitter : Facebook : Instagram : ___________ ♪ Get the intro music here! *Music by Demetori: ♪ Outro music: "Air & Light" by Sean and Dean Kiner