I recently discovered that doctors have been paying more attention to the different types of medical problems associated with various races and ethnicities. A couple of the articles I read were really fascinating. Some doctors think that entertaining this idea will lead on as some sort of racism and are hesitant to go ahead with studies. But, others are realizing that there are some significant differences among groups and their responses to different types of medications and treatments.
Whether these doctors’ claims are valid or not, should this really be considered a racial issue? Could it help doctors and patients in the future, or will it cause even more racial profiling than probably already exists when patients go to a doctor visit? In my opinion I think it is a good thing that doctors are at least looking into something like this. From what I have read there seems to be some concrete evidence for some of the differences among race and related health issues. If this is true, it could undoubtedly help people and even perhaps help them live longer if not healthier lives. I don’t think any of these doctors should be considered racist unless they begin to make large race-based assumptions or anything of that sort.
This slide show was on forbes.com. It shows some of the differences among race and gender to various medications and treatments.