Past Event

Medical Consent and the Vulnerable

March 17, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Online Event

Medical Consent and the Vulnerable 

A conversation featuring

Harriet A. Washington
Author and Medical Ethicist

Olajide A. Williams
Chief of Staff of the Department of Neurology

Jelani Cobb
Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism

Welcome and Introduction by:
Lee C. Bollinger
President of Columbia University in the City of New York

Moderated by: 
Nicholas Lemann
Director, Columbia Global Reports 

In Carte Blanche, Harriet A. Washington, author of the award-winning history of medical racism Medical Apartheid, tells a shocking story about researchers departing from what should be an inviolable ethic of informed consent before enrollment in medical research. Using a wide range of examples, Washington shows how subjects—disproportionately Black—are given experimental substances they haven’t agreed to, often with harmful results. This panel will be a discussion of the problem and what to do about it.

In partnership with Columbia Global Reports

Carte Blanche, The Erosion of Medical Consent, is available for purchase here

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