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June 12, 2002

Race and Health CareAn American Health Dilemma: Race, Medicine, and Health Care in the United States 1900-2000, vol 2

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2002;287(22):3009. doi:10.1001/jama.287.22.3009-JBK0612-3-1

This impressive work follows an earlier volume, published in 2000, in which the authors track the roots of African Americans' poor health status to deeply entrenched inequities in the health care system. Their thesis is that black health status is inextricably entwined with Western conceptions of race that can be traced as far back as ancient Greece and Rome. The authors, senior research scientists at the Harvard School of Public Health, present the strongest possible case for considering minority health deficits as manifestations of institutionalized racism that has created a health underclass in the world's wealthiest democracy.

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