Opinion: The complexities of race and racism in healthcare

The Inquirer, January 27, 2014

His tattoo read "White Power" in 3-inch calligraphic letters. Emblazoned across his chest for all to see, the ink wasn't something I would normally have missed during my physical exam. In this case, though, his tattoo had been hidden by a bulky neck collar and the array of lines and tubes that come with being a comatose trauma patient. My patient's tattoo was an unwelcome reminder that the skin I inhabit can't be checked at the hospital door. Doctors aren't supposed to be racist.


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