Race and Medicine: The blog Envisioning 2.0 is running a series of conversations on race based medicine. How big a factor is race in health? I tend to agree with his current interviewee, that disparities in health are probably more economic/culturally based than genetic. But our genes do play at least a small part in how our bodies respond to diseases and to their treatment. posted by Sydney on
2/16/2006 08:16:00 AM
Race is different from genes. Race is not a scientific concept: there are no genes defining who is black, white or hispanic. Therefore, race-based medicine is not defendable.
One day, we will have genetics markers of risk for a variety of diseases. In the meantime, treat your patient one at a time.