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Race, Law and Medicine
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2/3 cr.

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Race, Law, & Medicine is a comprehensive survey course that examines the intersections of law, the social construction of race, science, medicine, and class. This The course is divided into four thematic sections: a) a general account of minority health; b) socio-legal historical overview of minority health; c) contemporary status of minority health; and d) interventions. In 2002, the Institute of Medicine published a compelling study on health care disparities in the United States. Across dozens of health care treatments, consistently the researchers documented that health care access and quality of treatment differed for minorities. Indeed, the only area in which researchers found that African Americans receive more treatment than their white counterparts was for amputations. African Americans were six times more likely to have a limb amputated than their white counterparts.


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