Race, Racism, and American Medicine

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Vanessa Northington Gamble
Food Policy, End of Life Care
Dr. Gamble examines the relationship of African Americans to the U.S. medical system in the twentieth century. She explores: 1) historical and continuing influences of race and racism on the development of American medicine; 2) how concepts of race and interpretations of racial differences have evolved and their implications in contemporary medical practices and health policy; 3) how racial attitudes influence medical theory and practice, and the resulting impact on racial attitudes; 4) strategies and institutions that are available to African Americans to address medical inequities; 5) the experiences and contributions of African American health care providers; and 6) the experiences of African American patients. The results of her work will help inform the policy debate about racial inequalities in health care.