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The Organ Thieves: The Shocking Story of the First Heart Transplant in the Segregated South

ISBN: 9781982107529
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In 1968, Bruce Tucker, a black man, went into Virginia’s top research hospital with a head injury, only to have his heart taken 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 inequality 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 mistreating African 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, along with a foreword from social justice activist Ben Jealous, “this powerful book weaves together a medical mystery, a legal drama, and a sweeping history, its characters confronting unprecedented issues of life and death under the shadows of centuries of racial injustice” (Edward L. Ayers, author of 
The Promise of the New South).

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Gallery/Jeter Publishing; Illustrated edition 
  • August 18, 2020
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 400 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1982107529
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1982107529
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