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American Health Dilemma : Race, Medicine, and Health Care in the United States, 1900-2000

American Health Dilemma : Race, Medicine, and Health Care in the United States, 1900-2000 - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0415927376

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American Health Dilemma : Race, Medicine, and Health Care in the United States, 1900-2000 - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0415927376

W. Michael Byrd and Linda A. Clayton

ISBN13: 978-0415927376
ISBN10: 0415927374
Cover type:
Edition: 01
Copyright: 2001
Publisher: Routledge N. Y.
Published: 2001
International: No
Summary

Today Blacks live five to seven fewer years than Whites. Black infant mortality is 2.2 times that of Whites. Blacks lead in death rates in 14 of 16 leading diseases, many preventable. Diabetes is 33% more common in Blacks, and cancer mortality has increased 50% for Blacks since 1950 but only 10% for Whites. Breakthroughs such as vaccinations, invasive cardiac procedures, cancer therapies, MRIs, and organ transplants have dramatically improved the health of Americans in the last century, but health care for African Americans has been dangerously deficient, even unavailable.

An American Health Dilemma is the first comprehensive effort to place African Americans'deficit health in its full socio-cultural context. In the highly anticipated volume two, Byrd and Clayton complete the story begun in the first Pulitzer Prize nominated volume, bringing us from the turn of the century to the health care disparities that persist even now.

Backed by exhaustive research, Byrd and Clayton argue that race- and class-based inequities, bias, and inequalities are systemic, culturally embedded problems that in the last hundred years have been marked by small gains, disastrous setbacks, and a passive acceptance of African Americans, and other disadvantaged groups, as a permanent health underclass. Even gains made in the 1960s, they maintain, didn't do enough to advance the health care of African Americans.

A monumental and original work of scholarship, An American Health Dilemma will be the essential reference about the Black medical and health experience for years to come.

Table of Contents

PART I. Race, Medicine, and Health in Early Twentieth-Century America

CHAPTER 1. Black Americans and the Health System in the Early Twentieth Century, 1901-1929
CHAPTER 2. Black Americans and the Heath System During The Great Depression and World War II, 1930-1945

PART II. Race, Medicine, and Health before, during, and after the Black Civil Rights Era

CHAPTER 3. Black Americans and the Health System from World War II through the Civil Rights Era, 1945-1965
CHAPTER 4. Civil Rights Gains, Conservative Retrenchment, and Black Health, 1965-1980
CHAPTER 5. The Medical Profession During an Era of Civil Rights Gains and Conservative Retrenchment, 1965-1980

PART III. The Coming of the Corporation

CHAPTER 6. Western Science's Deep, Dark Secret and the U.S. Health System's Mendacious Legacy
CHAPTER 7. Retrenchment and a Dream Deferred. The Black Health Crisis of the 1980s and 1990s
Conclusions. The End Game -- from "Crisis" to "Permanent Underclass"?

PART IV. Race, Medicine, Health Reform, and the Future

CHAPTER 8. Black and Disadvantaged Health, Health Reform, and the Future

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