Monday, March 12, 2007

At the End of Life, a Racial Divide

The Health Law and Bioethics Faculty at the Alden March Bioethics Institute is having a workshop and discussion with Prof. Vernillia Randall of the University of Dayton School of Law, next week, March 21.

Professor Randall will lead a discussion on her newly released book, Dying While Black, which, in the words of one reviewer, "produces the 'smoking gun' connection between white privilege, racism, slavery and Black health outcomes." Professor Randall is a provocative and bold speaker whose controversial views should provoke an important and interesting conversation.

A timely topic, considering the Washington Post has an interesting article today on the racial divide at the end of life:

After lives in which they often struggle to get medical care, African Americans and other minorities are more likely than whites to want, and get, more aggressive care as death nears and are less likely to use hospice and palliative-care services to ease their suffering, according to a large body of research and leading experts. To read on, click here.

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