Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care


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New York University Press
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6.0 X 0.8 X 8.9 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author

Dayna Bowen Matthew is William L. Matheson and Robert M. Morgenthau Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law.


"Having presented a thorough picture of the problems facing minorities in the health care system, Matthew proposes a solution: reform of specific sections of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which she claims would provide a legal and moral basis to hold liable those who unconsciously discriminate and would help to establish a new standard of care in medicine....[F]ood for thought here."--Kirkus Reviews
"A powerful socio-legal reflection on the history of health disparities and how that terrible legacy now further impedes racial equality and results in death. . . . Masterfully written. The author provides a captivating narrative that is at once stark and grizzly (how many ways can people of color suffer at the hands of medicine) and yet so provocatively and artfully written that one cannot stop reading. Not since Harriet Washingtons page-turning (and award-winning) book, Medical Apartheid, has there been another that makes medical discourse so captivating."--Michele Goodwin, Chancellor's Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine
"The book is highly engaging and worthwhile reading for health care providers, hospital administrators, insurers, medical students and educators, and those involved in civil rights law."--Health Affairs
"A remarkably ambitious and provocative book on the ways that implicit bias exacerbates racial disparities in health. Matthew provides a critical analysis and call to action that should be taken seriously by all health care professionals, policymakers, and anyone interested in health equality."--Osagie K. Obasogie, UC Hastings
"Her ambitious book lays out a case for a legal remedy for racial health inequality."--Los Angeles Review of Books
"This book will spark much debate."--Choice Connect
"Just Medicineis necessary reading for all who envision a society in which health equity is a moral imperative. I would place Matthew's contributions on the scale of Michelle Alexander's transformational book, The New Jim Crow. Matthew not only documents the problem of color-blind racism but also provides solution-oriented road maps for a way forward."--Political Science Quarterly
"Just Medicine is a must-read for everyone! Weaving together from insights from research in history, sociology, psychology, law, and more, Matthew crushes the argument that racial disparities in health and health care are due to factors like biology and bad behavior. Time and time again, Matthew exposes the role of racial bias and discrimination in disparate outcomes. More so, she offers meaningful and achievable suggestions for resolving these problems. Lets hope those with the most power to create these changes are paying attention to this important scholarly contribution!"--Angela Onwuachi-Willig, Charles M. and Marion J. Kierscht Professor of Law, University of Iowa College of Law