By J. Hoberman
Black & Blue is the 1st systematic description of ways American medical professionals take into consideration racial variations and the way this sort of considering impacts the therapy in their black sufferers. the traditional reports of scientific racism learn previous scientific abuses of black humans and don't deal with the racially influenced considering and behaviors of physicians training medication today.
Black & Blue penetrates the physician’s inner most sphere the place racial fantasies and incorrect information distort diagnoses and coverings. medical professionals have constantly absorbed the racial stereotypes and folkloric ideals approximately racial variations that permeate the overall inhabitants. in the international of drugs this racial folklore has infiltrated the entire scientific sub-disciplines, from cardiology to gynecology to psychiatry. medical professionals have therefore imposed white or black racial identities upon each organ method of the human physique, in addition to racial interpretations of black youngsters, the black aged, the black athlete, black musicality, black discomfort thresholds, and different facets of black minds and our bodies. the yank scientific institution doesn't with no trouble soak up both historic or present information regarding clinical racism. as a result, racial enlightenment won't achieve scientific colleges until eventually the present race-aversive curricula contain new old and sociological views.
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In 2001, for example, three white medical students at the University of Alabama at Birmingham were exposed by the news media after they wore blackface to a Halloween party. 52 The medical school officials who handled this case, with whom I communicated, resolved this matter by accepting public apologies and devoting a day to racial sensitivity training. The idea that this behavior demonstrated character defects that might make these individuals unfit to practice medicine apparently did not figure in the process that finally certified them as fit to treat black patients.
This terminology can make physicians and patients equally disoriented participants in a process that may seem beyond remedy or the responsibility of either party. Comments about the black patient’s tendency to ignore symptoms and delay treatment have appeared in the medical literature for the last century. But the tone in which such behaviors are described in today’s medical journals has changed from one of impatience and contempt to a more politically correct humane understanding of circumstances and motives.
This tension between the eugenic and tragic interpretations of the African American experience has persisted into our own era. indd 31 24/01/12 9:14 AM 32 / Black Patients and White Doctors Calling racial health disparities a civil rights issue has become one argument health care reformers use. The Reverend Al Sharpton’s declaration in 1998 that the black health crisis is “the new civil rights battle of the 21st century” did not galvanize African Americans because—unlike the O. J. 49 Even the Tuskegee revelations, and the sordid details they revealed, failed to produce that kind of community outrage.
Black and Blue: The Origins and Consequences of Medical Racism by J. Hoberman