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  • By AgateAnnie on July 10, 2016

    Wondering about racism? Read this book. Written really well by an amazing, and extremely bright woman. Well researched and tells her story first hand.

  • By Deborah A. Bridges on November 19, 2013

    It was as if the author was sitting with you telling her story...easy to read. I could relate to some of the situations and experiences, mostly having observed it while in waiting rooms. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • By Karen L. on April 3, 2014

    This book is a model of how to engage theoretical concepts aboiut biopower, state surveillance of bodies, the intersections of gender and race, and racial formations without losing sight of real people, their actions, and (at time limited) choices.

  • By Jamie W on December 26, 2014

    This book is wonderful! As a current BU medical student, I am so appreciative of the way she confronts the "biologic" notions of race both taught currently in medical schools and also practiced on a daily basis. For example, she confronts the use of an "African American" drug (BiDil) for heart failure, which is routinely prescribed for heart failure in black patients only despite the lack of evidence that there is any racial advantage to this drug, and furthermore the way it perpetuates racist notions of a biological origin of race and thereby developing medicines along this skewed belief. She writes about a wide variety of issues of race and medicine, which Dr. Bridges describes as her desire to write a book that is as "complex as race is" in our world. She demonstrates the nuances of this often generalized discussion, and as a current medical student I can't thank her enough for providing this book as a valuable resource for both patients and providers. This should be mandatory reading in all health profession schools!

  • By BookFan on September 17, 2015

    These are some of reviews of the book: DO NOT BUY OR READ!!!All Nurses, please read! This is what is being said about us by another profession!Khiara M. Bridges’ (2011) book “Reproducing Race” is insulting to read. On page 32, she calls nurses “ancillary staff”, whose training allows them to provide some [emphasized] health care services-namely administering injections, dispensing prescriptions and other medications, taking medical histories, and performing colposcopies and other noninvasive procedures.” My argument is that registered nurses do A LOT more than just that. We assess patients, we are often the first to recognize when something is wrong with our patients, and we even stop long enough to hold a patient’s hand (even though our bladder is full and we are starving). On page 33, Bridges talks about how those who sit at the front desk of a medical office “resided at the bottom of the clinic’s hierarchy.” Where I work, everyone is afforded the same respect. No one cares if you are a janitor, cafeteria worker, CNA, RN, intern, resident, or attending… everyone is equal. On page 33, she also talks about “how staff should treat the patients they serve.” This really bothered me, because the hospital she is speaking of (Alpha Hospital), a pseudonym for a hospital in New York, might not have patients that are speaking to the healthcare workers respectfully. The people are poor, uninsured, and denied by private hospitals. This does not mean that all that fit any of these criteria are rude. I just wondered if she (the author, an anthropologist and lawyer at Boston University) ever had to deal with patients calling them derogatory names for 12+ hours). She also mentions she would never work as frontline staff after this day. How convenient for her I must say… She has another job, and so she does not have to come back the next day to do her research if she so decides. And, what is her research benefiting? Is it just something to add to her CV? Is she receiving all the profits from her (distasteful) book, or is she donating some of that back to Alpha hospital where it is much needed? The worst was on page 35, when she interviewed an intern who talked about “ancillary staff incompetence” and felt that for nurses, “it’s just a job. And they don’t have any repercussions. I mean, how often do nurses get sued? They don’t. If anything happens to the patient, they don’t have any accountability. And they don’t care. For them it’s a paycheck, and there’s a union. And it’s like: ‘I have my job. I have to work 9 to 5. I have to take my break! I have to take my break! Wait! Lunch! I can’t go without lunch!’ Yet, all these patients are supposed to get seen and we [the doctors] are still working. But, you know, it’s lunchtime [laughs] Like, I said, it’s just-you know, they don’t care about the patients like we do.” Then this intern goes on to say “Well, you’d be surprised at the benefits that I think [emphasized] they have.” First of all, nurses DO care. Second, how can one comment on something they just think?? Thirdly, a lot of nurses never take a second for a break. And, most importantly, nurses are very much held accountable for their actions. This book is poorly researched and much more poorly written. I plan to write (dissatisfied, but professionally) to the author when I finish this book. I look forward to any thoughts. Thanks.p. 86-87-She implies that women at Alpha hospital are not “educated enough” to know the difference between an attending, nurse practitioner, or midwife.” This goes against her theories.p. 106-She states someone was rude to Shautay (a nurse or PCA or someone) -Why does she generalize or make assumptions against nurses?p. 110-111 -“Racists behaviors of individual physicians” -I have personally never met a racist doctor. All patients have always been treated the same.


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