By J. Hoberman
Black & Blue is the 1st systematic description of the way American medical professionals take into consideration racial transformations and the way this sort of considering impacts the therapy in their black sufferers. the normal reports of clinical racism research previous scientific abuses of black humans and don't handle the racially influenced considering and behaviors of physicians practising medication today.
Black & Blue penetrates the physician’s deepest sphere the place racial fantasies and incorrect information distort diagnoses and coverings. medical professionals have continuously absorbed the racial stereotypes and folkloric ideals approximately racial variations that permeate the final inhabitants. in the international of medication this racial folklore has infiltrated all the clinical sub-disciplines, from cardiology to gynecology to psychiatry. medical professionals have hence imposed white or black racial identities upon each organ process of the human physique, besides racial interpretations of black little ones, the black aged, the black athlete, black musicality, black discomfort thresholds, and different features of black minds and our bodies. the yank clinical institution doesn't conveniently take in both historic or present information regarding scientific racism. accordingly, racial enlightenment won't achieve scientific faculties till the present race-aversive curricula contain new ancient and sociological views.
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61 It was reported in 1996 and 1998 that black patients with diabetes and circulatory problems were less likely than whites to have leg-sparing surgery and were more likely to undergo the amputation of these limbs. 66 Doctors’ judgments have been affected by a traditional medical folklore about racial differences in pain sensitivity, in particular the idea that black people do not feel pain as acutely as whites do. 67 But historical knowledge of this kind is rare among today’s medical researchers.
39 Given the emotional burden of group suffering on this scale, any sense of collective grievance that might be mobilized in the form of public protest becomes overwhelmed by doctors’ and patients’ immediate needs to cope and survive, whether physically or emotionally. This emotional burden is compounded by the shortage of black medical personnel in many parts of the country. 40 A young black professional once told me how difficult it was for him and his wife to find a black pediatrician in as large a metropolitan area as Austin, Texas.
What matters here is Cornely’s professional deportment, his adherence to the standards of what I wish to call “the black physician as gentleman,” the black medical man of this era who constantly had to control his anger as he devoted himself to caring for black patients in circumstances that racist practices made difficult or impossible. indd 27 24/01/12 9:14 AM 28 / Black Patients and White Doctors white medical establishment on which black doctors were deeply dependent. While some of these men must have imagined a social protest movement that would relieve the medical misery of the black masses, the public expression of such anger and demands for relief do not begin to appear until the militant rhetoric of the 1960s offered political cover to black doctors who were moved to protest.
Black and Blue: The Origins and Consequences of Medical Racism by J. Hoberman