By W. Michael Byrd
Starting with the origins of Western medication and technological know-how in Egypt, Greece and Rome, the authors discover the connection among race, medication, and health and wellbeing care. they provide an intensive exam of the background of highbrow and medical racism that advanced to offer sanction to the mistreatment, clinical abuse, and overlook of African american citizens and different non-White humans.
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Deborah Prothrow-Stith, in her Division of Public Health Practice: Strategic Planning Document, cited William Keck and Douglas Scutchfield’s warning regarding market force effects on the poor if new strategies were not forthcoming: [I]t is likely that Medicaid reimbursements to health departments will diminish as current health department Medicaid clients are forced to enroll in managed care, with a resultant decrease in the capacity of health departments to cross-subsidize health services for the growing number of the uninsured….
42 Myrdal articulated this gut-wrenching conflict and its place in the American psyche in this oft-quoted statement: It is there that the interracial tension has its focus. It is there that the decisive struggle goes on…. Though our study includes economic, social, and political race relations, at bottom our problem is the moral dilemma of the American—the conflict between his moral valuations on various levels of consciousness and generality.
It neither represents nor speaks for the majority of African Americans; it considers almost exclusively the concerns of White, middle-class, fully employed Americans with nuclear families. 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.
An American Health Dilemma, Volume One: A Medical History of African Americans and the Problem of Race: Beginnings to 1900 by W. Michael Byrd