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Systemic : how racism is making us sick / by Layal Liverpool.

Liverpool, Layal, (author.).


"A science-based, data-driven, and global exploration of racial disparities in health care access by virologist, immunologist, and science journalist Layal Liverpool, arguing that racism affects our biology"-- Provided by publisher.
Layal Liverpool spent years as a teen bouncing from doctor to doctor, each one failing to diagnose her dermatological complaint. Just when she'd grown used to the idea that she had an extremely rare and untreatable skin condition, one dermatologist, after a quick exam, told her that she had a classic (and common) case of eczema and explained that it often appears differently on darker skin. Her experience stuck with her, making her wonder whether other medical conditions might be going undiagnosed in darker-skinned people and whether racism could, in fact, make people sick. The pandemic taught us that diseases like Covid disproportionately affect people of color. Here, Liverpool goes a step further to show that this disparity exists for all types of illness and that it is caused by racism. In Systemic, Liverpool shares her journey to show how racism, woven into our societies, as well as into the structures of medicine and science, is harmful to our health. Refuting the false belief that there are biological differences between races, Liverpool goes on to show that racism-related stress and trauma can however, lead to biological changes that make people of color more vulnerable to illness, debunking the myth of illness as the great equalizer. From the problem of racial bias in medicine where the default human subject is white, to the dangerous health consequences of systemic racism, from the physical and psychological effects of daily microaggressions to intergenerational trauma and data gaps, Liverpool reveals the fatal stereotypes that keep people of color undiagnosed, untreated, and unsafe, and tells us what we can do about it.

Item details

  • ISBN: 9781662601675
  • ISBN: 1662601670
  • Physical Description: xix, 297 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Astra House, [2024]

Contents / Notes

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-297).
Formatted Contents Note:
Health gaps -- Pregnancy and childbirth -- Life and death -- Racism in society -- Systemic racism -- Interpersonal racism -- Colorism -- Racism in medicine -- Racial bias in health care -- Race-based medicine -- Data gaps -- The missing data -- Closing the data gaps -- The illusion of inclusion.
Subject: Racism in medicine.
Discrimination in medical care.
Minorities > Medical care.
Minorities > Medical care > Social aspects.
Health services accessibility > Social aspects.
Social medicine.
Discrimination dans les soins médicaux.
Minorités > Soins médicaux.
Minorités > Soins médicaux > Aspect social.
Services de santé > Accessibilité > Aspect social.
HISTORY / World.
Discrimination in medical care.
Minorities > Medical care.
Social medicine.

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