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Race, Racism, and the Policy of 21st Century Medicine

OPEN The Yale journal of biology and medicine | 3 Apr 2021

M Keeys, J Baca and A Maybank
Abstract
This perspective describes three new policies passed at the November 2020 Special Meeting of the American Medical Association House of Delegates. These policies (1) denounce racism as a public health threat; (2) call for the elimination of race as a proxy for ancestry, genetics, and biology in medical education, research, and clinical practice; and (3) decry racial essentialism in medicine. We also explore the social and institutional context leading to the passage of these policies, which speak directly to the harmful legacy of racism in America, and its insidious impact on the healthcare system.
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