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Author Chip Jones on the history of healthcare in the segregated south

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Posted at 1:51 PM, Jul 24, 2020

RICHMOND, Va. – Author and award-winning journalist Chip Jones’ book The Organ Thieves: The Shocking Story of the First Heart Transplant in the Segregated South is a story of a working man in Richmond who suffered an accident and was pronounced dead the following morning. His heart was then taken from his body and put into a white man, without his or his family's consent. Jones joined us to discuss the need for addressing racial injustices in the healthcare industry, through the lens of his newest book. Modern medicine, he says, was built off the backs of African Americans, and now more than ever it is a topic that needs to be spoken about.

The Organ Thieves: The Shocking Story of the First Heart Transplant in the Segregated South will be released Tuesday, Aug. 18 and available on Amazon and wherever books are sold.

Chop Suey Books in Richmond is hosting a COVID-friendly book signing with Jones on Aug. 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. Chop Suey Books is located at 2913 West Cary Street.