I haven’t read Medical Apartheid, which I believe received mixed reviews by critics. Nevertheless I thought of the title after reading Lee’s post recently. Every once in awhile, you will find articles in major news outlets about racism and medical services, especially when it relates to preventive care. The numbers are disturbing alone but when it relates to real people and real situations it’s quite daunting.
Medical professionals despite all of their studies still carry their biases with them to work, making determinations that affect your health. The prospect of someone making a generalization about babies that are "African" to recommend inducing labor is really insane. The prospect of it being a generally unstated yet accepted practice is ridiculously scary.
With my midwife, after the birth, I listened to her anecdotal stories about a friend "doing research" about what the skin tone of biracial children turns out to be relative to the skin tone of the father. What she thought could be jaundice looked like melanin coming into me. I’m 100 percent sure that something on my daughter’s medical file is there due to the latent biases of our pediatrician. I wouldn’t even know it was there if I hadn’t looked on the computer screen and read the entries as we waited for the doctor to arrive. Everything except that one thing was mentioned to us during the appointment. Yet these are the people you are forced to rely on.
It’s no surprise that scepticism remains, preventive care lacks, and rumors spread about standard treatments because real abuse occurs. Often enough.
And in Germany… Yep time to go…