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Systemic: How Racism Is Making Us Sick
by Layal Liverpool

    Publication Date: Jun 18, 2024
    List Price: $30.00
    Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
    Classification: Nonfiction
    ISBN13: 9781662601675
    Imprint: Astra House
    Publisher: Astra Publishing House
    Parent Company: Astra Publishing House

    Hardcover Description:

    A science-based, data-driven, and global exploration of racial disparities in health care access by virologist, immunologist, and science journalist Layal Liverpool; In the spirit of ambitious bestselling books like Medical Apartheid and Killing the Black Body.

    The COVID-19 pandemic taught us that viruses disproportionately affect people of color. Here, Layal Liverpool goes a step further to show that this disparity exists for all types of illness and that it is caused by racism.

    Liverpool will show how racism is woven, invisibly, not just into the structure of medicine and science but into our very bodies. Refuting the false belief that there are biological differences between races, Liverpool goes on to show that racial stereotyping and trauma can however lead to biological changes that make people of color more vulnerable to illness.

    Systemic tackles:

    • The problem of racial bias and data gaps in medicine where the default human subject is white
    • The dangerous health consequences of systemic racism, from the physical and psychological effects of daily micro- and macro-aggressions to intergenerational trauma
    • The fatal stereotypes that keep people of color undiagnosed, untreated, and unsafe
    • How we can fix these problems by confronting bias and closing the data gap

    Using data-driven science, Layal Liverpool shows that racism itself can have biological consequences on the body