The Organ Thieves: The Shocking Story of the First Heart Transplant in America's Segregated South (Hardback)
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The Organ Thieves: The Shocking Story of the First Heart Transplant in America's Segregated South (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 20/08/2020
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A shocking, timely and imperatively important book, The Organ Thieves exposes the full, horrifying scale of the exploitation of African Americans as in the late 1960’s heart transplant operations in America’s segregated South. An arresting piece of investigative journalism from Pulitzer-nominated Chip Jones. 

'A horrific story superbly told' - Irish Times

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks meets Get Out in this landmark investigation of entrenched racism at the core of the heart transplant race.

In 1968, Bruce Tucker, a Black man, went into Virginia's top research hospital with a head injury, only to have his heart stolen out of his body and put into the chest of a white businessman. Now, in The Organ Thieves, Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist Chip Jones exposes the horrifying racism surrounding Tucker's death and how he was used as a human guinea pig without his family's permission or knowledge. The circumstances surrounding his death reflect the long legacy of medical mistreatment of Black Americans that began more than a century before with cadaver harvesting and worse. It culminated in efforts to win the heart transplant race in the late 1960s.

Featuring years of research and fresh reporting, The Organ Thieves is a story that resonates now more than ever, when issues of race and healthcare are the stuff of headlines and horror stories.

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9781529400588
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 640 g
Dimensions: 238 x 158 x 40 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A horrific story superbly told * Irish Times *
Gripping * Scientific American *
Startling... A powerful story that examines institutional racism, mortality, medical ethics, and the nature of justice for black men living in the American South... A moving exploration of an unthinkable trespass against an innocent man. * Kirkus Reviews *

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“Fascinating and horrifying account of one of the first heart transplant operations”

Charles “Chip” Jones is a former communications director of the Richmond Academy of Medicine and earned a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize during his 30 year reporting career. This is the horrifying account and... More

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