Does a white doctor understand a black patient’s pain?

Does a white doctor understand a black patient’s pain?

[Ed. – Nobody knows the trouble…]

Does the blood of black people clot more readily than that of white people? Does a black person’s skin generally have more collagen–is it thicker — than a white person’s? Are black people better at detecting movement than white people, and do they age more slowly?

If you are white and said yes — or even maybe — to any of the questions above, you are not alone in falling prey to false beliefs about physiological differences between white and black people. A new study reveals that in a group of 222 white medical students, half judged as possibly, probably or definitely true at least one of 11 false beliefs about racial differences.

And that is not without potential consequences for the patients these medical students may one day treat, the new research suggests.

Possibly swayed by false beliefs about biological differences between white and black people, some white medical students tend to rate the physical pain of a hypothetical African American patient as less severe than that of a white patient in the same circumstances, says a study published Monday in the journal PNAS.

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