The Tragedy of the First Heart Transplant in the Segregated South

The Tragedy of the First Heart Transplant in the Segregated South

Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Season 2, Episode undefined

  • May 16, 2022 6:00 am
  • 37:45 mins

A black man made one of the first heart transplants possible, but Bruce Tucker's organs weren't donated willingly. In the early days of transplant science, surgeons pioneering these miraculous, life-saving procedures hadn’t put much thought into things like “informed consent.” And in segregated Richmond, Virginia in 1968, people of color often found their dignity –and sometimes even their lives –sacrificed in the name of medical progress. Journalist Chip Jones tells us about the dark history of organ transplant science. He’s the author of “The Organ Thieves: The Shocking Story of the First Heart Transplant in the Segregated South.”