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

Chip Jones (Author)
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Description

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks meets Get Out in this landmark investigation of racial inequality at the core of the heart transplant race.

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, The Organ Thieves is a story that resonates now more than ever, when issues of race and healthcare are the stuff of headlines and horror stories.

Product Details

Price
$28.00  $25.76
Publisher
Gallery/Jeter Publishing
Publish Date
August 18, 2020
Pages
400
Dimensions
6.0 X 1.4 X 9.1 inches | 1.15 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781982107529

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About the Author

Chip Jones has been reporting for nearly thirty years for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, The Roanoke Times, Virginia Business magazine, and others. As a reporter for The Roanoke Times, he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his work on the Pittston coal strike. He is the former communications director of the Richmond Academy of Medicine, which is where he first discovered the heart stopping story in The Organ Thieves.

Reviews

"Chip has a remarkable talent for uncovering and telling stories. The years he has spent on this book shed light on this fascinating and alarming slice of history." -Derek Jeter
"Startling... A powerful story that examines institutional racism, mortality, medical ethics, and the nature of justice for black men living in the American South... A moving exploration of an unthinkable trespass against an innocent man." -Kirkus