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Abstract

A study of botanical healing ways recalled by elder African American women in the Mississippi Delta brought stories of healing as well as stirring memories of events that occurred during the same period as the 40 year Tuskegee Syphilis Study. The original research was an ethno nursing study that included an ethno nursing history. Within this ethno nursing history, memories from the elders tumbled forth; memories, both-happy and sad, reflected the times and conditions of the past. The stories recalled were often difficult for the researcher to hear but the stories were shared freely by the participants. The researcher felt a sense of obligation and duty to share the stories without dissection or evaluation so others may hear the voice of the elders and understand the way of life that existed for African Americans during the time of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study. The stories allow a glimpse into the life of African Americans and demonstrated the innocence of the people during a time of unethical scientific experimentation.

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