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This is the unmarked grave of Rebecca Crumpler. Born as a free woman (I think) in 1831 in Christiana, Delaware, Crumpler grew up in Pennsylvania with an aunt who provided homeopathic medical care for her neighbors. This inspired the young girl, who would become the first certified African-American female doctor in American history. She moved […]
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This is the grave of Walter Reed. Born in 1851 in Belroi, Virginia to a traveling Methodist minister, Reed largely grew up with his mother’s family in North Carolina since his father was on the road all the time. Something of a prodigy, he went to college at the University of Virginia and graduated with […]

Black in America

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On April 16, 2018

Q: Why do black babies and black mothers die at rates far higher than white babies and white mothers? A: Because black lives do not matter to white people. From 1915 through the 1990s, amid vast impro

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Neoliberalism and Blood

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On January 10, 2017
A significant internal problem for the left is that the term “neoliberalism” is used as an epithet that now means “anything Democrats do that I don’t like.” This is a terrible thing, because neoliberalism is an actual thing with an actual meaning with actual consequences that has an enormous impact on our society and upon […]
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Pharmaceutical Price Gouging

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On September 30, 2015
Last week, we all got a refresher on the problems with capitalist markets in pharmaceuticals. Martin Skhreli raised the cost of an HIV drug by 5000 percent, causing an outrage that forced him to backtrack (although as soon as he said that, all the media attention went away and so he’s probably still going to […]

Today in Human Scum

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On September 22, 2015

The worst person in the entire world may well be the pharmaceutical capitalist Martin Shkreli. Specialists in infectious disease are protesting a gigantic overnight increase in the price of a 62-year-

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