Melissa Graboyes

Melissa Graboyes teaches at the University of Oregon. Her research concerns history, medicine, science, and ethics on the African continent. She received a PhD in history and a masters in public health from Boston University, and has worked for global health organizations in East Africa and the United States.

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The Experiment Must Continue · Medical Research and Ethics in East Africa, 1940–2014
By Melissa Graboyes

The Experiment Must Continue is a beautifully articulated ethnographic history of medical experimentation in East Africa from 1940 through 2014. In it, Melissa Graboyes combines her training in public health and in history to treat her subject with the dual sensitivities of a medical ethicist and a fine historian.

“Graboyes’ arguments are critical for contemporary researchers who must understand how the ‘residue’ of each experiment alters the course of the next. … [Her] book, which does not presume knowledge of the history and ethnography of medical research in Africa, is written in engaging and jargon-free prose. …[It] is certain to prompt lively classroom discussions about global health, African medical research in colonial and postcolonial times, and the history of medicine.”

Journal of Interdisciplinary History