Oct 26, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic laid bare
the racial health disparities in the United States, with markedly
increased mortality especially among Blacks and Native Americans.
In this episode, Tony Breu and I discuss the conception of race,
racism, and the social determinants of health through three
historic plagues in the United States -- from yellow fever in New
Orleans, to poliomyelitis, and finally the early days of HIV/AIDS
-- and what lessons we can draw for COVID-19. Along the way, we’ll
discuss the unique social capital afforded by acclimation, immunity
passports, the concept of the “original antigenic sin,” and
constitutionalism and eugenics. This presentation was performed
live at the annual meeting of the Massachusetts American College of
Physicians, and is only lightly edited.
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