The Worker's Cauldron

The Night Doctors

July 28, 2022 David Roddy, Monique Calhoun & Mercedas Castillo
The Worker's Cauldron
The Night Doctors
Show Notes

Sometimes monsters take on the most unlikely form. Today we talk about the night doctor, a shadowy medical menace that appears in Black folklore at the beginning of the 20th century. Fear of the night doctor reflected a very real history of racist medical abuse in the United States.

 CONTENT WARNING: this episode contains discussions about dissections and unethical medical experiments that some may find disturbing.


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