Appendix 11b - The Other White Meat

by Michael Greger, MD and United Progressive Alumni

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In some areas of the old south (as an observer in 1834 put it), "The bodies of coloured people exclusively are taken for dissection, because the whites do not like it, and the coloured people cannot resist."[162]

An item in a New York newspaper in 1841 under the heading "More Pork for the South":

Yesterday morning it was discovered [for the third or fourth time in a single month] that a barrel... being shipped to [a medical school]... contained the bodies of two dead Negroes.... To elude suspicion, these bodies were put in salt and brine and packed in the same casks as those in which salted provisions were exported.[163]


[162] Savitt, TL. "The Use of Blacks for Medical Experimentation and Demonstration in the Old South." Journal of Southern History 1982(3):331-348.

[163] Fisher, W. "Physicians and Slavery in the Antebellum Southern Medical Journal." Journal of the History of Medicine 1968(January):36-49.

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