Sheila M. Rothman is Professor of Public Health at the Mailman School, Columbia University. Their books written together include The Willowbrook Wars: A Decade of Struggle for Social Justice (1984) and The Pursuit of Perfection: The Promise and Perils of Medical Enhancement (2003).

The Organ Market

The body part that accounts for most sales of organs throughout the world is the kidney. As entire populations have become older, the number of patients with kidney disease that can lead to death has dramatically increased. Dialysis machines extend the lives of many of them. But some patients for …

The New Romania

Immediately after the overthrow of the Ceau├žescu regime in December 1989, European medical relief agencies discovered several hundred babies infected with AIDS in decrepit and filthy state orphanages throughout Romania. Images of the wasted bodies of infants, two and three to a crib, appeared on European and American television, arousing …

A Death in Zimbabwe

The death of one child from possible medical malpractice at a private hospital in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, might not seem a case of a human rights abuse on a continent where literally millions of people are dying from starvation and AIDS, and continue to suffer from such preventable …

How AIDS Came to Romania

Eight months after the cadaverous images of Romania’s babies with AIDS first shocked people throughout the world, almost every one of Romania’s orphanages and children’s hospitals provides a heartening example of the help being provided by European and American philanthropy. Yet at the same time, each of them continues to …