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May 1996

Bloody Insensitive

Author Affiliations

Children's Hospital of Michigan 3901 Beaubien Blvd Detroit, MI 48201

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1996;150(5):560. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1996.02170300114032

In the September 1995 issue of the Archives, containing multiple appeals1-3 for cultural sensitivity, I read the phrase "100% Indian ancestry with at least 50% Navajo blood..."4 [italics mine]. The dictionary5 states that "blood" is "unscientifically used" for race or racial heritage. Allowing this insensitive usage to slip through was, I believe, an editorial error.