By W. Michael Byrd
Starting with the origins of Western drugs and technological know-how in Egypt, Greece and Rome, the authors discover the connection among race, drugs, and wellbeing and fitness care. they provide an in depth exam of the heritage of highbrow and clinical racism that advanced to offer sanction to the mistreatment, scientific abuse, and overlook of African americans and different non-White humans.
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Additional resources for An American Health Dilemma, Volume One: A Medical History of African Americans and the Problem of Race: Beginnings to 1900
This volume demonstrates that the Black medical profession has, since its inception, had egalitarian ideological, medical, and public health commitments of service to the entire community as one principal reason for its existence. The White medical profession has never entirely shared this philosophy. The evolution of a loose network of largely eleemosynary, previously despised, health care institutions into a massive, corporate-dominated, hospital infrastructure is examined in light of the system’s persistent race and class problems.
Each chapter after the background focuses on a particular period in African American health history and for pedagogic reasons is written as an autonomous unit. This is consistent with the basic premises, goals, and objectives of this study. Opening chapters on race and racial thought in the sciences as academic and sociopolitical subjects are included to orient the reader and provide background on these volatile and often misunderstood subjects. These inquiries on race focus on the relationship between race and the Western biomedical sciences Introduction 13 and health care from antiquity to the modern era.
This segment of the population, along with a small elite, constitutes one-half to two-thirds of the patients who use America’s health care system. Events are rapidly deeding silent control of the health system to a privileged corporate oligarchy. Yet the unrepresented lower third, which includes most African Americans, may turn out to be the critical segment for public policy. Their inclusion or exclusion in the health care system may represent one of the challenges that decides the fate and future of this nation and its representative democracy.