Race, Culture, and Stories of Illness - Deposit

Race, Culture, and Stories of Illness - Deposit
In 2018, African-Americans suffer from higher rates of heart disease, diabetes, asthma, cancer, and hypertension than other groups. The mortality rate for African-American babies is 3.2 times higher than that of whites. In this interdisciplinary, hands-on class, we will explore stories of how race and culture are intertwined with healthcare in America, and try to understand why certain groups are apparently experiencing higher rates of illness than others. We will develop a historical context of the relationship between race and healthcare by visiting the Avery Research Center, as well as the Waring Historical Library at MUSC. We will read short stories about the current state of healthcare from writer/physician Louise Aronson’s A History of the Present Illness, and broaden our perspective by visiting with local hospice providers, disability advocates, doctors, and specialists in other disciplines.

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