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Comment & Response
June 6, 2019

The Use of Racial and Ethnic Terms

Author Affiliations
  • 1Facial Plastic Surgery Section, Clinica Fundadores, Armenia, Colombia
  • 2Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia
JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2019;21(4):344-345. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2019.0128

To the Editor We wish to make some comments on the excellent article by Darrach et al.1 Specifically, we want to state our point of view regarding scientific accuracy when using terms such as race, ethnicity, and Latin American race. The terms race and ethnicity are used interchangeably in the article; however, anthropological publications consistently describe race as being biological and referring to the physical characteristics of a person, while ethnicity is a construct in social science that describes a person’s cultural identity.

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