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A brief history of racism in healthcare

The COVDI-19 pandemic has highlighted racial inequality. Image: REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Harry Kretchmer

Senior Writer, Formative Content

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Jazmine Raygoza's dresser in her room holds the incentive spirometer used to prepare for her Lap-Band surgery in Denver June 18, 2011 along with CD's, hair clips, makeup, hairspray and her cellphone. After trying multiple diets and exercise, Jazmine, 17, decided on the Lap-Band treatment with the encouragement of her mother, who recently had a gastric bypass herself. About 17 percent of American kids and teens are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Picture taken June 18, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY) - GM1E76M1DUC01
Spirometers measure lung capacity. In the past their readings were used to justify discrimination based on ‘racial difference’. Image: REUTERS/Rick Wilking
In America, black and Latino communities have suffered from higher coronavirus death rates than white groups.
In America, black and Latino communities have suffered from higher coronavirus death rates than white groups. Image: NY Times
The 'Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male' used 600 Black men. Image: CDC
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