Harriet Washington

Science Writer; Editor; Ethicist; Author, Infectious Madness: The Surprising Science of How We “Catch” Mental Illness

Harriet Washington is a science writer, editor, and ethicist. She’s written for New Scientist, American Scholar, and Health and for the refereed journals JAMA, The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, The American Journal of Public Health, Harvard Public Health Review, and Nature. Her books include Infectious Madness: The Surprising Science of How We "Catch" Mental Illness, Deadly Monopolies: The Shocking Corporate Takeover of Life Itself,and Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Experimentation from Colonial Times to the Present, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award, PEN/Oakland Award, and American Library Association Black Caucus Nonfiction Award. Washington is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.

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