Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Racism in Medicine: AMA Apology

From the NYT:

Indeed, it’s obvious when you think about it that many more African-Americans died as a result of racist medical treatment in the South than at the hands of all the lynch mobs, bombers, and night riders combined.

The American Medical Association glossed over this issue last month when it issued a formal apology for the racist policies it tolerated — and tacitly endorsed — in the century-long period that ended in the late 1960’s.

Read more here. H/T goes to: My favorite N.a.g.o ;)


T said...


1. Because it happened.
2. Because they admitted it.

ThummyB said...

I guess its good that they acknowledge these disparities. Sometimes, I just don't think that these apologies are very useful...however, if it leads to them reviewing and eradicating any questionable policies that are still on the books, then I'm supportive of it.