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Invited Commentary
July 26, 2010

Receipt of High-Quality Coronary Heart Disease Care in the United States: All About Being Black or WhiteComment on “Racial Differences in Admissions to High-Quality Hospitals for Coronary Heart Disease”

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Divisions of Cardiovascular Medicine and Preventive Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.

Arch Intern Med. 2010;170(14):1216-1217. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2010.236

Despite efforts by national medical organizations and health agencies to reduce race/ethnic disparities in CHD, CHD mortality in black Americans remains significantly higher than that in white Americans.1 From a historical perspective, our country has come a long way from slavery, the Jim Crow era, and the civil rights struggle to the election of a US President who is black (or of mixed race/ethnic background, depending on the side of the social, scientific, or so called postracial debate that you might identify with).

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