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Advancing arguments from his earlier book, Blacks, Medical Schools, and Society, Curtis evaluates the outcomes of affirmative action efforts over the past thirty years. He describes formidable barriers to minority access to medical-education opportunities and the resulting problems faced by minority patients in receiving medical treatment. His progress report includes a review of two thousand minority students admitted to U.S. medical schools in 1969, following them through graduation and their careers, comparing them with the careers of two thousand of their nonminority peers. These samples provide an important look at medical schools that, while heralding dramatic progress in physician education and training opportunity, indicates much room for further improvement.
A basic hurdle continues to face African Americans and other minorities who are still confined to segregated neighborhoods and inferior school systems that stifle full scholastic development. Curtis urges us as a nation to develop all our human resources through an expansion of affirmative action programs, thus improving health care for everyone.
James L. Curtis is Clinical Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Excerpted from Affirmative Action in Medicine: Improving Health Care for Everyone by James L. Curtis Copyright © 2003 by James L. Curtis. Excerpted by permission.
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|List of Tables|
|I||Affirmative Action in U.S. Medical Schools||13|
|II||Affirmative Action at Cornell||35|
|III||Civil Rights in Health Care||58|
|IV||Geographical Distribution of Minority Residents||79|
|V||Comparing Specialty Choices||103|
|VI||Affirmative Action in Graduate Medical Education||118|
|VII||Thirty-Year Progress Report: Geographic Location of Practice and Medical Specialty Distribution||149|
|VIII||The Future of Affirmative Action in Medicine||179|