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Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation

de Linda Villarosa

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Health & Fitness. Medical. Sociology. Nonfiction. HTML:A NEW YORK TIMES TOP 10 BOOK OF THE YEAR ? "A stunning exposé of why Black people in our society 'live sicker and die quicker'??an eye-opening game changer."??Oprah Daily

From an award-winning writer at the New York Times Magazine and a contributor to the 1619 Project comes a landmark book that tells the full story of racial health disparities in America, revealing the toll racism takes on individuals and the health of our nation.
In 2018, Linda Villarosa's New York Times Magazine article on maternal and infant mortality among black mothers and babies in America caused an awakening. Hundreds of studies had previously established a link between racial discrimination and the health of Black Americans, with little progress toward solutions. But Villarosa's article exposing that a Black woman with a college education is as likely to die or nearly die in childbirth as a white woman with an eighth grade education made racial disparities in health care impossible to ignore.
Now, in Under the Skin, Linda Villarosa lays bare the forces in the American health-care system and in American society that cause Black people to ??live sicker and die quicker? compared to their white counterparts. Today's medical texts and instruments still carry fallacious slavery-era assumptions that Black bodies are fundamentally different from white bodies. Study after study of medical settings show worse treatment and outcomes for Black patients. Black people live in dirtier, more polluted communities due to environmental racism and neglect from all levels of government. And, most powerfully, Villarosa describes the new understanding that coping with the daily scourge of racism ages Black people prematurely. Anchored by unforgettable human stories and offering incontrovertible proof, Under the Skin is dramatic, tragic, and n
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Well-researched, first person, and passionate account of the matrix we cant see that belittles, discounts, and disregards people of color. The root of the inequitable outcomes is not race, it is most assuredly racism. Each one of us can remember a stunning blow to our ego, a loss of credibility, being emotionally body-checked by a bully or otherwise dominant authority figure. It is disheartening and utterly tragic that a whole class of people experience this every day in every setting where they are entitled to seek relief and advocacy. And for this, we will all fail. We leave too much on the table. Among those we’ve disenfranchised as a matter of business or birthright is certainly one (or two or three or more) who could save us all. This white-ish sense of entitlement is the means by which we have hoisted our whole civilization by its own petard. And it need not be so.

Great book. Beyond Tuskegee there was sterilization. In recent history. There is death resulting from doctors misdiagnoses, withholding equal care with no grasp of the social causes of health outcomes. There is indifference to the weight of social stressors on mental health. There is willful acceptance of unfairness not just to people of color but much or most of rural America. When these two groups unite around common values, of which there are many, there would be true equity. ( )
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Health & Fitness. Medical. Sociology. Nonfiction. HTML:A NEW YORK TIMES TOP 10 BOOK OF THE YEAR ? "A stunning exposé of why Black people in our society 'live sicker and die quicker'??an eye-opening game changer."??Oprah Daily

From an award-winning writer at the New York Times Magazine and a contributor to the 1619 Project comes a landmark book that tells the full story of racial health disparities in America, revealing the toll racism takes on individuals and the health of our nation.
In 2018, Linda Villarosa's New York Times Magazine article on maternal and infant mortality among black mothers and babies in America caused an awakening. Hundreds of studies had previously established a link between racial discrimination and the health of Black Americans, with little progress toward solutions. But Villarosa's article exposing that a Black woman with a college education is as likely to die or nearly die in childbirth as a white woman with an eighth grade education made racial disparities in health care impossible to ignore.
Now, in Under the Skin, Linda Villarosa lays bare the forces in the American health-care system and in American society that cause Black people to ??live sicker and die quicker? compared to their white counterparts. Today's medical texts and instruments still carry fallacious slavery-era assumptions that Black bodies are fundamentally different from white bodies. Study after study of medical settings show worse treatment and outcomes for Black patients. Black people live in dirtier, more polluted communities due to environmental racism and neglect from all levels of government. And, most powerfully, Villarosa describes the new understanding that coping with the daily scourge of racism ages Black people prematurely. Anchored by unforgettable human stories and offering incontrovertible proof, Under the Skin is dramatic, tragic, and n

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